Hey guys! MEEERY CHRISTMAS! I am in a very festive mood today. Maybe it’s the pine-scented candle that was burning all morning. Maybe it’s the Christmas music that’s playing over the radio. Maybe the cloudy sky and the freezing air have something to do with it. Or maybe it’s the early Christmas shopping that I’ve been doing.
Whatever it was, GUYS. CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!
I’m so excited. I love December. I love the lights, the festivities, the joy, and the snow (in moderation. We have plenty…) This is an awesome month and I want to take full advantage of it. I bet you do, too. After all, it’s already the 7th! Just eighteen more days until CHRISTMAS! Why not make the most of those days by doing some Christmas activities?
I’ve put together a holiday bucket list for you to enjoy this December! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
*dances away while singing Jingle Bells*
Ah yes. There is nothing better than lighting that perfect Christmas candle and letting the festive smells wash over you. So many fun Christmas memories to be reminded of…ah.
#2: Play Christmas Music
This is one of my favorite things to do.
I play Christmas music in the middle of summer when we’re all melting with heat and can’t remember the last time it snowed. But seriously, get out some of those old Christmas tunes and have an awesome time!
#3: Dance Party
Using the music that you just put on, have an impromptu dance party! Dovid’s favorite thing ever! 😉
#4: Festive Food
Eggnog, sugar cookies, and hot cocoa. GUYS, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS! Indulge a little. 😉 Memories last a lifetime – so do a few extra calories really matter?
#5: Christmas Movies
*shrieks happily* YEEES! Even though 90% of Christmas movies are either romances (yuck) or so cheesy, they’re still fun to watch. If you’re like me and tend to be nostalgic, watch them for that sake. 😉
My favorites are Elf, The Grinch (cartoon version), A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life.
#6: Wrap Gifts
If you’re like me, you buy gifts super early and then forget about wrapping them until the last minute. Since it’s so late, you end up throwing them into a plastic bag and giving a sheepish smile to whoever you’re giving the gift to. For example. Ahem. So, with eighteen days to spare, get started on the big task of wrappin’!
#7: Plan A Party
Remind friends and family how much you love them during this special season. Make some special foods, laugh together, be a little crazy and fun!
Helping people is an awesome way to get into the Christmas spirit! Giving is truly better than receiving.
#9: Get A Tree
Uh, because we have young children, we don’t do trees. *has visions of Dovid pulling a highly decorated tree over on himself* Just, no. If you have very self-controlled toddlers, go out and get a tree. DECORATE! HAVE FUN!
#10: Make Ornaments & Decorate
Yep. So fun.
#11: Ginger Bread Houses
We used to do this and it was SO MUCH FUN!! (Especially the part where you eat the houses! XD)
#12: Random Acts of Kindness
It can be as simple as writing a note to a sibling or making them a special drink.
#13: Christmas Memories
Sit around a nice warm fire and look through old pictures. Talk with family. Remember all of the awesome Christmases that you’ve been a part of. And, of course, eat cookies while you do so. 😉 (That’s a command from a true Cookie Lover. XD)
#14: Have A Snowball Fight
(Of course, this only works if you have snow). XD I’d be happy to send you some of ours. XD
#15: Make Snow Candy
Again, you need snow. This is SUPER fun, though! We did this a few years ago and had a blast!
#16: Read The Christmas Story
Remember what God has done for us. Remember WHY we are celebrating in the first place. Take a moment to appreciate the great gift that was given so many years ago.
#17: Cookie Swap
Get together with friends and exchange some of your favorite cookies! Food is amazing. Are you seeing a theme here?
#18: Look At Christmas Displays
Take a drive one night and just enjoy the lights. They’re so beautiful, shining out amidst the darkness.
#19: Holiday Cards
Snail mail brightens days. I promise you. Send out cards and let people know that you’re thinking about them during this crazy busy season!
#20: Winter-Themed Recipes
One word, people: INTERNET. There are so many fun, festive recipes online. Spend an hour or so looking through and finding something super delicious to make this holiday season!
#21: ENJOY THE SEASON
Self-explanatory! Just take an afternoon to relax and enjoy this season! It only comes once a year – make the most of it!
I hope you enjoyed that! MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friends!!!!
SIDE NOTE: Okay, fine, I’ll be honest. I actually wrote this post in 2020, but somehow I didn’t get published and it stayed in my drafts. For two years. Um. So I found it again this year and thought, “Hey, I’ll repurpose this.” Let’s all just laugh, okay?
What are some of your holiday traditions? What’s the best part of December? Do you like cookies????!!!!