Oh, I am so excited it is almost Christmas! Last year, I wrote down a list of everything holiday-themed we did, and the things we didn’t get to (like celebrating St. Nicholas Day), so I could remember for this year. A Christmas bucket list, if you will.
I am big on traditions and consistency. I think kids thrive best when they can depend on not only a daily rhythm, but a yearly one (a little flexibility is good of course).
I want to give my daughter memories and traditions that I never got to create, or didn’t receive consistently.
Each year, I want to try and do a Christmas-themed thing every day during December, even if it is something super simple.
We see bucket lists for summer and fall all the time, so why not for the most wonderful time of the year? I know it may seem overwhelming to add another list to your December, but I find that a bucket list helps keep me accountable in the midst of the holiday chaos, and it ensures we slow down and take time for what really matter to us: spending quality time together.
Ok, so here is my list. Please let me know if I am forgetting anything; like I said, a lot of these traditions are new to me!
Our Christmas Bucket List
- Open some new christmas jammies on Christmas eve (I like these for kids).
- Make an advent calendar.
- Put up lights outside this year. Papa, this is all you. And you better do it soon.
- Put up a second Christmas tree in the kitchen for our salt dough ornaments.
- Make salt dough ornaments.
- I would love to take my daughter to Disney to see all the decorations and lights.
- Some sort of volunteering that is age appropriate. I need some ideas! Maybe go to an assisted living home? Shop for toys for underprivileged kids?
- Go see the Christmas lights in our neighborhood.
- Go see the Christmas lights at Dorothy B. Oven park.
- Go to Thomasville’s Victorian Christmas. We went to Tallahassee’s last year and it was meh.
- Get our Christmas tree at Tallahassee Nurseries. We have gotten our tree there since 2005. My husband likes the stands they sell because they are really sturdy and that they put the tree on the stand for you.
- Bake Cookies! I am going to try and make ginger cookies this year, from a recipe from Peter’s great-grandmother, wish me luck!
- Go get our turkey from the farm for Christmas Eve dinner.
- Christmas Eve Mass.
- Take my daughter to see Santa. Last year the restaurant in our neighborhood golf course did a Santa brunch. It was a really relaxing way to see Santa, so I hope they do it again.
- Watch holiday movies, last year Polar Express was her favorite.
- Get a special ornament for my daughter.
- Get a wood or plastic nativity scene so she can play with them. Teach her the story. I’ve also heard great things about this virtually unbreakable nativity set.
- Make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. Usually I buy store bought, but I would love to figure out an easy recipe to make them from scratch. Anyone have any easy ones?
- Eat pan dulce on Christmas day. This is an Italian tradition from my husband’s family in Argentina. His family is of German and Lativan descent, even though they are Argentian. There are so many Italian-Argentians, that the tradition has stuck.
- Handprints on the tree skirt. The year our daughter was born, I bought a tree skirt from Red Envelope and you make hand prints each year, and then, in twenty years it’s full.
- Crafts! I have several planned out, but still looking for a few more ideas.
- Make a gingerbread house. We did this last year, well Papa took it over and we watched, it was really fun.
- Make my daughter a Christmas outfit.
- Make one of her gifts.
- Put cookies and milk out for Santa on a special plate. I bought one last year, so cute!
- Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas day.
So there you have it! What am I missing? What is your favorite Christmas tradition?