My Christmas Bucket List + A Bucket List Printable!
Today, we’re going to talk Bucket Lists…Christmas Bucket Lists to be specific! I don’t know about you, but I make one every year. Or I should say, I write one down every year, forget to put it where we can all see it, and rarely even remember half of the things I wanted to check off of my list. Anyone else do that?
This year, I made a really cute printable and I plan to print it out and hang it on the fridge. I’m also going to share it with you so that you can print your own!
Now, I am really big on list-making and I’m also really big on big lists! I always tend to have too much. My original Bucket List wouldn’t fit on the type of printable I wanted to make, so I condensed it down. The good news is that if I finish the first one, I can always make a new one with all of the things I left out! You can do that too and it doesn’t have to be fancy. A piece of paper with a list you can check off will do. Just make sure you put it where you can see it and don’t leave it in your notebook like me. : )
My original Christmas Bucket List consisted of 14 items. Those are:
Watch Christmas movies and drink hot chocolate. I know this is a given for most of us, but I wanted to start with something I knew we would accomplish! I hate having a list and not getting to check anything off of it. This way, I get one big check mark for sure!!
Sing Christmas carols. Who am I kidding? Spizzie and I do this one every day!!
Have a family portrait made. We haven’t done this in years. As a matter of fact, I don’t own a professional photo of all five of us. I’m not sure it’s going to happen this year either. Having four out of five in the household who work different shifts and days makes life hard to schedule.
Make Christmas crafts. I’ve already made a few of those, but I have some more planned!
Make an Advent Calendar. I haven’t ever done this consistently. We have a wall-hanging that is our Advent Calendar and I used to put treats in it. This year, I want to make one using Scripture.
Adopt an Angel Tree Child. The Super Trooper and Spizzie used to do this every year at church. It was their annual Father-Daughter tradition. They would pick a child and then shop and wrap the gifts together. We don’t have a regular church that we attend anymore, but I’m sure several of the local businesses will have Angel Trees that we can donate to.
Watch a Christmas play or concert. I know for certain that we will be attending one, as Spizzie’s school chorus always has a Christmas concert. I’m hoping to have a video of her singing with two of her classmates up on the blog after that. They are very talented! Beyond that, I don’t have set plans, but there is a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” that I would like to take my baby girl to. (Sadly, my boys would probably not enjoy that.)
Donate food. There is always someone who could use a food basket.
Take a candlelight tour of a historic place. Again, this is probably something I will be doing with my daughter. I can probably convince my sister or some of our female friends to tag along, but I can’t imagine that I will talk my guys into this. Sometimes they aren’t as well-rounded as I would like them to be!! They are way more into modern cultural experiences. However, Spizzie and I love historical things. Biltmore would be at the top of my candlelight tour list, but it’s a bit pricey for us right now. Maybe next year.
Go to a Christmas party. We have plans to attend two so far. They are both “police” parties though and I’d like to attend one with my friends, so…
Throw a Christmas party. We might have to do this after Christmas. That would be a good idea though. I like after Christmas parties just as well and my decorations won’t come down anytime soon!
Do Random Acts of Christmas. Basically, those are just Random Acts of Kindness, with maybe a little silliness thrown in. My Random Acts of Christmas include taking food to the police and fire departments, making gifts for teachers and school staff, making food for the people my boys work with, sending cards to the soldiers, writing letters to friends and family members to let them know they are loved, candy-caning a parking lot, and any other nice thing I can think of!
Send Christmas cards. Sometimes I fill out dozens of cards and never address them or send them. I probably still have some that are already signed!! I have the best of intentions…I really do. This is going to be the year!
Take a family trip. It may be a day trip to see lights or go to some random Christmas event, but I need some time with my husband and my babies. They are all growing up on me too fast and having all of us together at once seems to be a rarity. (I’m trying not to cry right now, but it’s not really working.)
That’s my entire list. Like I said before, I had to condense it down a little. I may not finish the whole thing, but I’m going to do my best.
Now tell me, what’s on your Christmas Bucket List? You never know, I might like to try something that you already plan on doing!!