A December Bucket List? Are we here already? Wow! Is it really already December 13th? I feel like I am still in Thanksgiving mode. I have been busy doing all kinds of things though in anticipation of Christmas in which we are now in the downhill stretch. I found the cutest pin on Pinterest awhile back about a December Bucket List. I decided to make my own list of things I hope maybe to get done this December (or maybe next…or next..or next!!) Maybe it is a lifetime December Bucket List. Here goes 20 to work for!
1)Read Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right), and many of our other favorite Christmas books (we still love the original Night Before Christmas and Snowmen at Night!) out loud to my own kids, as well as to some other kids who aren’t my own. (Nieces and nephews, kids in a classroom, kids at a library, maybe at a children’s hospital – or wherever might feel good!) For me a December bucket list would not be complete without this, and I probably won’t have to try hard to remember to do it.
2)Make homemade pink popcorn 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. I may have to squeeze in both!
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.
4)Go ice skating on an outdoor rink. There is something magical about doing this. It always makes me feel like I’m in the holiday spirit. This makes my December Bucket List, but if I miss, I’ll be happy to make up in January or February.
5)Bake SANTA’S JUST NOT RIGHT CHRISTMAS COOKIES. Need I say more? Baking is on most everyone’s December Bucket list!Yum and fun! Every year we love to bake cookies, but this year I have to say I’m going to have to try these special ones that were created just for us. Recipe here! Of course some really want to get crazy and make the purple chocolate chips. Who can blame them?? Hoping for blueberry blue reindeer this year myself. In any case make some to go with the book. Super darling.
6)Go Christmas caroling. I always want to do this. It has been so long since someone has rang my door. But I love it when they do!
7)Go on a sleigh ride. Or hay ride. Or horse and carriage ride. Whatever the vehicle, it is always a special night out! What December Bucket list treat!
8)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!
9)Make a Gingerbread house. Darn it. I’ve not done this one STILL. Oh how I want to try!
11)Build a snowman. Olaf has become somewhat of an obsession for me this year, and I can’t help but singing “Do you want to build a snowman?” every other day. (Or a myriad of other tunes from Frozen!) Just waiting for the flakes to fly! If you must hear it again now- like I did as I was writing, click here. Maybe you can build an upside down one, like in the book. Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)
12)Sit on Santa’s lap. We took a great group photo a few years back with my then teenage kids. It is still fun!
13)Drive around and look at Christmas Lights! I’m ready. 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!?!?
14)Sit by a roaring fireplace. Drink hot cocoa or hot toddies. But put on the Christmas music and enjoy!
15)Christmas Scavenger Hunt– I have been determined to do this for years. 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. Scavenger Hunt
16)Write a letter to Santa– or help someone else write one. It seems like a lost art, but I think it would be fun to get creative, make it artistic. Maybe we will write one and leave a Thank you note this year instead!
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 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! Maybe have a snowman pizza when you get done!
18)Take a special family photo– 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)Go to the Zoo lights, or botanical gardens lights. This is so enjoyable. It is fun to walk around and have fresh hot roasted nuts and cider.
20)Go to the Christmas Parade- Nothing like a parade to make me feel like a kid again! And nothing quite like taking the kids to see one to make them super excited about Christmas!
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.
UPDATED for 2015 Here.