Happy Wednesday Love Bugs! Guess what?! Three weeks til Christmas! EEEK! With only Three Weeks until our favorite North Pole resident takes his flight around the world, it’s time to kick into full on Holiday Mode and pack in as much Christmas Cheer as possible!
Every year, Trev and I create a Christmas Bucket List to take us through the Holiday season. This way, we don’t miss out on any of our favorite Christmas activities! Last year, I shared our Christmas Bucket List and this year, I’m doing the same! To be honest, nothing on it really changes. Most of these things are a once a year type deal, and we look forward to doing them year after year!
Our Christmas Bucket List is 100% our favorite tradition. We can’t wait to have kids one day and make a Christmas Bucket List with them! But for now, we’re happy doing all the “coupley” Christmas things!
So without further ado, here is our 2019 Christmas Bucket List!
Decorate the Christmas Tree
This one is totally a no brainer! Everything is better when you’re surrounded by Christmas trees, garland, presents, and sweet smelling Christmas candles. This was our Christmas tree last year. I always thought our apartment was SO ugly, but I loved how it looked at Christmastime! I can’t wait to show you our Christmas decor this year tho! Because as much as I loved how our apartment looked, I love how our home looks so much more!
Holiday Date Night
Christmas-y dates are so much better than regular dates, am I right?! They just seem a little bit extra magical! Come back soon (or subscribe!) for a super fun Holiday Date post to get some ideas for a perfect day or night out with your boo!
Take Christmas Pictures
Whether they are just to have, or going to be on your Christmas card, get some holiday photos taken! Every year, my mom takes some of Trev and I. We frame them and they make for super cute decorations at Christmastime.
Send Christmas Cheer
Speaking of pictures… the best place to put them is on your Christmas Card! I am a firm believer in sending Snail Mail. I love getting mail in my mail box, and wish people would send it more often! I shared my family’s long time tradition of funny Christmas cards with you my first Christmas blogging (if you haven’t seen it, you need to click the link!), and showed you Trev and I’s first card together, 2017’s Christmas Card and 2018’s Christmas card! You’ll see this year’s card later this month! We broke our tradition a bit and didn’t go the funny route this year… we wanted to showcase our new home!
Go Ice Skating
Because Ice Skating and Christmas go Hand in Hand.
Your nose, and belly will thank you! Try out my Aunt’s sugar cookie recipe for the most delicious Christmas Cookies you could ever imagine!
Do a Christmas DIY
I’ve shared some great Christmas DIYs on the blog in the past! I haven’t really done any DIYs this year. Since I had an entire house to decorate, I felt like I needed to spend my time focusing on that. So, click below for some inspiration on last minute additions to your holiday decor! I’ve found homes for most of my old DIYs in our home, and I still love them all so much!
Play in the Snow
Because it isn’t Christmas without building Frosty, catching snowflakes on your tongue or throwing a snowball or two!
Listen to Christmas Music
All day, every day. Also, the best way to listen to Christmas music is with a Christmas Ale snuggled up next to a cozy fireplace. FIY.
Make a Gingerbread House
Making Gingerbread Houses just makes your heart happy!
Re-read Your Favorite Christmas Stories
Every year, I reread How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and the Polar Express . I also still read The Mice Before Christmas every Christmas eve. My parents read it to me every year, and it’s just not Christmas eve without reading the story. (Although, now it makes me SOB and I can barely get through the end!) If you have kids, you gotta get them this story! It is so precious!
Drink Hot Cocoa
Lot’s of hot cocoa! There are so many great recipes for the homemade kind on Pinterest! Or, you can always get creative with some Swiss Miss. I like to use the Dark Chocolate Swiss miss, melt in some candy cane kisses, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the some whipped cream on top. It’s amazing! I also shared this post last year on my favorite way to make a cup of cocoa!
Go to a Christmas Tree Lighting
There is something magical about standing in a crowd of people and counting down to the lighting of the Christmas tree! My favorite tree lighting is the one in my hometown during Sleighbell Weekend! I’ve blogged about it tons! You can check out more about Sleighbell Weekend here, and see Weekend Round Ups from the past two Sleighbell Weekends here and here! AND if you’re in Michigan and looking for something to do this weekend, you can meet in Manistee and come see just how magical it is in person 🙂
Rock an Ugly Sweater
I LOVE that Ugly Sweaters are a thing now. Cuz I love wearing them! They’re cozy, fun and full of Holiday spirit! You can go all out crazy with them, make them look extra cozy, or even dress them up. I’m all about making my Ugly Sweaters a staple during Christmastime!
Go see Christmas Lights/ Christmas Decorations
Whether you’re driving through your neighborhood, or you have a Light Fest somewhere near you, there is nothing better than checking out Christmas Lights while blaring Christmas Music and drinking from a Starbucks Holiday cup. (Not sure where to look? Check out a Zoo near you! Zoo Lights are always the best lights, IMO!)
Do Something Kind
Take notes from all the elementary students in the US and do a Random Act of Kindness for someone else. Christmas is the season of giving, and whether you’re giving to Toys for Tots, putting spare change in the Salvation Army buckets, or helping stock a food bank, every bit of kindness helps to bring a smile to someone else during the holidays.
Watch Christmas Movies
Every year, we try to plan one Saturday where we do NOTHING but sit and watch our favorite movies. From classics like A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol to Elf and Love Actually, we much on Christmas cookies and enjoy our lazy day together. (I also love binge watching Hallmark Christmas Movies with my Mama!)
Make a Christmas Recipe
I love cooking and baking especially during the holidays! Start practicing recipes early, so you can have them perfected before your big holiday feast! My favorite resources for new holiday recipes are blogs and Pinterest. You can find all sorts of great recipes I’ve shared by clicking here. But I HIGHLY encourage you to check out my favorite food blogger, The Mix and Match Mama! I swear, she has the best, kid friendly recipes and I’ve never made ONE thing of hers that didn’t turn out amazing! Oh! And click here for my Grandpa’s whiskey slush recipe. I promise, it’s a huge crowd pleaser!!
Do a Puzzle
We always do a puzzle at Christmas! Trev and I love puzzles and our Christmas puzzle is always the start of a puzzle obsession that follows us through the cold winter months in Michigan.
Celebrate Christmas with those you love most!
What’s on your Christmas bucket list?!
Alright my loves. I’ve had an absolutely CRAZY last two days and I’m dreading tomorrow! I have to be up super early to take Trev to the airport 😦 Then I have to get my butt to work, and help out at a holiday party tomorrow night. It’s going to be a v. long day! Fingers crossed it’s a smooth one!
Have the happiest rest of your Wednesday my loves!