Holiday Bucket List

December 14, 2018



There are just ten days left until Christmas, and somehow, I've barely put a dent in my holiday movie watch list, haven't baked a single cookie, and - surprise, surprise - haven't gotten much of a start on my shopping. Is it just me, or has 2018 been an insanely busy, non-stop year?

I've been a little overwhelmed with the seemingly rapid arrival of this Christmas countdown, but on the flip side, it's kind of the most exciting part of the season: homes are fully decorated, everyone is listening to holiday music without judgment, and presents are starting to show up in stockings and under trees. Ten days might not sound like enough time to knock out the rest of my annual holiday bucket list, but I'm always up for a challenge. ;)

For those of you as behind on the festivities as I am, here's a Holiday Bucket List, just in time to savor the precious last bits of the season:

Partially adapted from my 2017 Holiday Traditions Post


1. Pick out and decorate a real Christmas tree -  (Ironically, my family got this done very early)

2. Decorate your home - (Inside, outside, holiday village ... you get me) 

3. Visit the most decorated homes in your area - (Fun tip: if you have a pick-up truck, decorate the open back with holiday lights, add comfy padding to sit on, play holiday music and bring hot chocolate to-go, and sit in the back while you [safely] cruise around the neighborhood).

4. Host - or attend - an ugly sweater/holiday party - (Complete with a make-your-own hot cocoa bar, cookie decorating and a holiday playlist)

5. Bake some festive treats

6. Decorate a Gingerbread House - (Better yet: participate in a competition)

7. Take a fun holiday Christmas card photo - (Bonus points if you actually mail it)

8.  Spend an entire morning (or night) watching holiday movies in Christmas pajamas - (Check out my 2017 favorite holiday films list - missing a few!)

9. Go ice skating - (Indoor rinks count! #FloridaProblems)

10. Listen to some carol singers ... or throw back some wine and sing the carols yourself ;)

11. Visit a holiday-themed park, carnival, store or bar - (Some of my favorites: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas at Magic Kingdom, The Christmas Palace, Frosty's)

12. Go watch a holiday show, whether at a local school or on Broadway

13. Volunteer at a local shelter, hospital or senior center - (Many are still seeking help with holiday events; stay tuned for an upcoming post on groups to help this holiday season)

14. Make a DIY wreath, ornament or Christmas decoration

and last, but not least ...

15. Watch the Christmas Day parade while unwrapping presents on Christmas morning - (In your holiday pajamas, of course)

Anything else I should add to this list? Feel free to share your Holiday Bucket List items in the comments below. Stay tuned for a few more holiday posts, including a last-minute gift guide and a look at my home during the holidays. :)

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