“OH MY GOD! SANTA!” If you didn’t see the scene from Elf while reading that then I just don’t know how much Christmas spirit you truly have. Just kidding, but seriously the excitement Buddy feels in that moment is exactly what I feel when it hits Christmas time.
The spirit of Christmas, the lights, family traditions, the festive decorations on every corner, getting to bless those you love with gifts, and honoring the birth of Jesus makes this holiday, hands down, my favorite.
The moment the plates are cleaned, and all the food is put away at Thanksgiving I’m heading to the garage to pull out all the Christmas decorations. The stockings get hung while I’m jamming to some Jingle Bells Rock like there’s no tomorrow and my heart is all kinds of giddy inside. The coming extra-long weekend means you can find me curled up in my Christmas blanket with some hot cocoa in my Christmas mug and watching either Home Alone, The Grinch, Elf, or one or all of the Santa Clause movies. No shame.
You may be asking why I wait till after Thanksgiving and why I’m not one of those people who starts decorating for Christmas on November 1st. Well, one of my daughter’s birthdays is right before Thanksgiving. So, in order for her to feel like her birthday doesn’t get over looked by Christmas or Thanksgiving we tend to hold off. This way her birthday isn’t over shadowed by the holiday season.
After having kids, I knew I wanted them to love this holiday just as much I do so I started implementing my own set of family traditions. Some of the ones we have done in previous years are; Christmas PJ’s on Thanksgiving that way they can wear them all month long, bake and ice sugar cookies, the traditional Christmas light looking, an advent Calendar, and getting to open up one gift Christmas Eve (usually a book).
After making my Ultimate Family Fall Bucket List a couple months ago and having a ton of success with it, I decided Christmas needed a bucket list of its own and why shouldn’t it. There is so much to do, see, and experience during this holiday that only comes around one time a year.
I get it, Christmas can be crazy. You have to keep track of all the gifts you need to buy and those you need to buy for, then you have Christmas cards, family pictures, decorating, family get togethers, Christmas parties, family traditions and more. That can be a lot to keep track of and distract you from really enjoying the season. That’s what I love about this bucket list. It makes you stop and enjoy the season and all it has to offer, instead of getting swept away in the chaos of it.
One of the top reasons I love having a seasonal bucket list is for my kids. They LOVE having a list and getting to pick what activity we do that day or week. Letting them have the control and feeling like their input and opinion matters means the world to them, plus it helps me release some of the control I tend to hold a little too tightly to.
So, if your wanting to add to your holiday family traditions and learn to slow down so you can soak up all that Christmas time has to offer then fill out the form below to download your FREE Christmas Family Bucket list. Don’t let the holiday pass you by without slowing down long enough to really enjoy it.