Hmmm. December bucket list? Got Purple Santa? Just a reminder that this weekend it is FREE to download on Kindle. Or if you want to skip that and order, we like that too. 😉 You can do that here. So check it out and see if you want to add some of our activities to your December Bucket List once you get the hard copy version. Meanwhile I decided to get busy with my own December Bucket List! Should I really do it this time? Make a purple tree?
I decided this year to get a head start on my December Bucket List. I was kind of late last year not thinking about it until December was half way over. But this year I am sitting in a warmer than what I find appropriate climate for November and I am dreaming of December activities. Before I get too far- Let me say that number one on my list is of course to read A December Bucket List. I suppose that goes without saying. So I’m ready to get to it. Some are repeats. Some are new hopeful ideas. I hope you enjoy!
1)Find a great new holiday read aloud. I know Mariah Carey has one. And there is a new Eloise one. I’m sure there is something waiting for me to find it, but I’m determined to find it. For me Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) was new last year, but if it is new to you it is free this weekend on Kindle I still love the original Night Before Christmas and Snowmen at Night! I can’t wait to find a new one!
2)Make Christmas Pajama pants for everyone to have on Christmas Eve. I don’t know if I will get there but I found a great post that might lead to a short cut! Check it out!
3)String cranberries and popcorn for the tree. This always puts such magic on our tree. And the chatter as we do it is so much fun! It’s like baking cookies but without feeling guilty for eating all the dough! Just buy fresh cranberries, pop the popcorn the old fashioned way on the stove, get needle and thread and away you go.
5)Have a cookie exchange! I’m getting started early and I’ve done it before. Wouldn’t it be fun to bring SANTA’S JUST NOT RIGHT CHRISTMAS COOKIES. Need I say more? Baking is on most everyone’s December Bucket list! And having a cookie exchange is such an easy short cut. Yum and fun! Every year we love to bake cookies, but of course I will have to bake the special ones that were created just for us. Recipe here! And won’t it be fun to serve grown up milk?
7)Have a Santa party. We used to do this when the kids were little. We had a very special Santa who would stop by. Every parent would secretly leave a wrapped gift with their child’s name on it on our front porch. Then a little bit into the evening Santa would arrive, gather the presents, put them in his bag, and then come inside and deliver them. It was such delight to see the kids light up when Santa came with something they wanted and delivered it in person. I need to do this again soon!
8)Make a Gingerbread house. Darn it. I’ve not done this one STILL. Oh how I want to try!
9) Have a popcorn party and serve hot cocoa from scratch for either a Christmas book reading night, or movie night. (check out this yummy pink popcorn which will go perfectly with the zany upside down antics of Santa’s Night Before Christmas….) Pink Popcorn Of course there isn’t much better than fresh regular popcorn popped in oil drizzled in fresh butter and salt right on the stove either. And I’ve been making popcorn cakes for years, but I may have to all of try these on for size this year. In my opinion Emeril’s popcorn cake is the best. This is the one I like to make.
10)Have a bring your own toppings pizza party. I want to have a pizza party and serve cool holiday pizzas! I’ve seen snowmen and trees. Maybe we can watch the “old” Peanuts specials! I could invite folks and I can provide the crust and they can bring the toppings! How hard can it be?
11)Build a snowman. I saw one already this year and I was jealous! Maybe I can finally build an upside down one, like in the book. Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)
12)Drive around and look at Christmas Lights! This goes on every year! With the internet and mapping so easy at our fingertips, we can look them up and really go find the great ones! Maybe there is an app for that!?!? I’m thinking of making it into a game. Maybe tied in with the scavenger hunt idea below.
13)Christmas Scavenger Hunt– I have been determined to do this for years. It’s something we used to do often as kids. There are lots of places to find lists and riddles on the internet. So many ways to do it, easy or really complicated. Can’t wait to try this one out! Here is an easy one I liked. There are ones you can incorporate with the light watching and more and more. Sounds so much fun!
15) Set an amazing Christmas table. I am no Martha Stewart. And it may use paper plates. But just once I’d like to do something a little over the top. I love this idea I found of folding the napkins into trees. Festive! I found it here.
17) Make ornaments and decorate a tree– and enjoy it! Do I really need to put it on the December Bucket list? No, but somehow over the years this has turned into a chore instead of something to be enjoyed. I said this one last year, but I think it might need to be said again. I want to get back to making it a festive afternoon or evening. Maybe starting with going to pick out the tree together as a family!
18)Take a special family photo– This is different than the card. This is for our own documentation. Christmas is a great time to document the years as they go by. Maybe do something extra special each year, or maybe record it the same. Just make sure you do it!
19)Start a new holiday tradition. Years ago we started making cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve so they would be ready on Christmas morning. For other ideas see my blog post on that. But I assure you your family will remember. So I’m looking for a new one, but if you want to try the cinnamon rolls this looks promising. It’s a knock off of Cinnabon, and who doesn’t like those?
Whew! That’s a lot to tackle. I’m glad I got started earlier this year! What are you going to do?
I reserve the right to expand this December Bucket List……….and it may take me some years to get to them all, but I am so excited to start trying, AGAIN!
Don’t forget if you want to discover our purple Santa, this weekend is FREE on Kindle.