Monday, December 4, 2017

Our Christmas Bucket List '17

Matt and I are always talking about how we want to slow down and really enjoy the holidays, but our busy schedule sometimes makes it so difficult to fit in all the ways we'd like to celebrate. I've learned that making a bigger deal out of the things we already naturally plan to do is better than coming up with new or different ideas that require planning or preparation. So today I'm sharing our sweet & simple list of holiday things we'd like to do as a family this year (and maybe one or two for myself!)

A Christmas Bucket List | 15 Ways to Celebrate

Keep Up With Our Countdowns
Every year, we try to carry on the advent book tradition, and usually forget after a week or two. We start on Black Friday, and we've been going strong for over a week now so hopefully we can keep it up! I also grabbed a chocolate advent calendar from Trader Joe's for $1, and the kids have been loving that.

Take Our Yearly Christmas Jammies Picture
My Mom gets the boys matching or coordinating Christmas Pj's for Thanksgiving each year, and I take our Christmas card picture in them in front of our tree. This years was tough, but it turned out really cute - I can't wait to share it! Yay for already having one done!

Have a North Pole Breakfast
The boys' elf brings them a North Pole breakfast on the first weekend of December each year. Sometimes it's Saturday, sometimes it's Sunday - it just depends what we have going on. We've been doing this one since 2011, and it's a favorite kick off to the Christmas season!

So, my tree went up weeks ago already (like...more than 3!) but decorating the rest of the house has been slow and happening in random chunks as I also declutter, clean, and get through our busy schedule. I feel like I'll be decorating all the way until the big day! lol

Have a Christmas Shopping Date (or two)
One of my favorite things in December is when Matt saves a vacation day up and cashes it in when the boys are at school. We set out to do some Mom & Dad only shopping with Starbucks and sometimes some lunch. It always feels so fun and exciting to have a day date with Christmas music and shopping excitement. This one is in the books, and I can't wait for it! If we're lucky, we'll get a night away to do this, too.

Polar Express Night
Some years we just watch the movie with hot chocolate in our pj's, but we've also started the evening with a drive around the area to look at Christmas lights. Last time we did this, it was hard to find well-decorated neighbors and there was a lot of driving between actual things to look at, so I'm not sure if we'll attempt that part again or not.

Send Christmas Cards
This is usually a no-brainer...for years I either handmade cards or printed them with the boys pj picture, but for whatever reason, I just could not get my act together last year. This year, it's happening, and I've already ordered them!

Pick Out Grandma's Tree Night
This is a yearly tradition that we do as a favor to Matt's parents but is also a fun evening for us. We go to the Christmas tree lot to pick out the tree for my in-laws, bring it to their house and set it up, and then we have a fire in their fireplace, watch a Christmas movie, and have some takeout for dinner. They are snow bunnies and don't usually make it home until a few days before Christmas, so having a tree waiting for them is nice. Plus, we have a fake tree, so it's cool to get the real tree experience, too.

Bake Christmas Cookies
I mean, of course. The kids have already started asking me when cookie day is, and reminding me what kinds to make. I tried out a new recipe Friday that seems to have been a hit, so I'm getting my list together and my pantry ready!

Host or Plan a Gathering With Friends
I've been trying to come up with a time when I can get some friends together for something fun, but man is December busy!! I would love to either do a healthy potluck and recipe exchange, or an ornament exchange, or something fun like that...but we will see if I can find the opening on the calendar that works for everyone!

Play In The Snow
This one is banking on the sky to do its part, but I've got my fingers crossed! We have a winter storm headed our way this week, so if it delivers, I will be sure to cross this one off the list!

Find a Charitable Cause to Donate to With The Kids
I think we are going to work on one that their school is supporting that involves donating new hats, gloves and scarves to kids in needs. I'm hoping to take them to the store as a group, let them pick out a hat/glove/scarf set each, and then package them up for school with a little holiday note attached.

Christmas Game Night
We have a lot of board games that the kids are always asking to play, so I thought it would be a lot of fun to get in pj's, put on Christmas music, make some hot chocolate, and have a little family game night tournatment!

Try a Christmas Simmer Pot
I've always been intrigued by these, but have never tried them. There are some great sounding Christmasy ones on Pinterest that I'd love to give a shot! Maybe I can nab some evergreen branches when we go pick out my in-laws' tree!

Do A Countdown To Christmas Outfits Challenge
I haven't decided if I'll do a 12 days of Christmas Outfits thing, or just a One Week Countdown, but I have some festive stuff I need to put into action!!

I might regret this when I fail later (haha), but I'm going to try and chronical these things on Instagram with the hashtag #RychFamChristmasList if you want to follow along!

What are you hoping to do this holiday season??

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1 comment:

  1. This is such an amzing checklist for Christmas! I always have trouble coming up with ideas like this so your article was a great help! Thank you so much!