Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas Bucketlist for Families

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 

This is our second December in Washington now. Last year, we were getting settled as we had just moved up from Southern California. I was also 31 weeks pregnant! We had our very FIRST white Christmas & are hoping for the same this year so I can partake in more activities with my little family & focus on making the rest of the year, the best.

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Here are some things to do in December: 

1. Go See Santa

We took care of this at the end of November at Cabela's. We didn't mean for it to happen so early but it ended up going great! We only waited 1 minute in line & got a really good picture, given Ben's temperament for these kinds of things lol.

2. Make Christmas Cookies

3. Watch a Christmas Movie

Now, we all know there's more than one great Christmas movie so..WATCH THEM ALL! Netflix has a ton, & Freeform is doing a great 25 days of Christmas run. Make it memorable by everyone getting in pajamas & snuggled under the same blanket for snuggles. Throw in some popcorn & hot chocolate, & boom--a new tradition :)

4. Go to a Christmas Parade

5. Make a Christmas Countdown Chain

Like back in the grade school days! This is a very simple craft that creates so much excitement :) just cut construction paper into strips, use some glue & link them. They'll learn colors, how a pattern works, & motor skills by cutting & gluing!

6. Make Salt Dough Ornaments

7. Decorate the Tree

OBVI, RIGHT? I know it may seem easier to just do it yourself, but if you can include the kids, do it. It's the little things like this that are so exciting for them. The fact that they get to make the important decision of where an ornament gets to go, does a lot for their independence & decision-making skills. Grab some coffee & patience, & take lots of pictures! It'll mean a lot to everyone to look back on those photos.

8. Hot Cocoa Night

9. Build a Snowman

Do you get snow where you live? If so, this is the perfect late morning/afternoon activity for the family! Grab a snowman kit, get your snow gear on & head out there. Snap a picture with your snowman before someone knocks it over. A snow ball fight is obligatory, as well ;)

10. Make Snow Angels

11. Go Sledding

Read the Story of Jesus

The most important of all activities, I'd say. Teaching the little ones the "reason for the season" is oh so important in really showing them the meaning of Christmas. I think a deeper appreciation comes from reading the story of Jesus, & making all Christmas activities/celebrations surround Him. There are so many printables online too, that could offer fun visuals for the little ones to truly grasp the reading.

13. Write Letters to Santa

This is the perfect way to build excitement, as well as nurture decision-making & writing skills. Will they be naughty or nice? What are their top 3 gift requests? What is something they'd like to GIVE this year? Here is the template I saved on Pinterest.

14. Read a Christmas Book

15. Christmas Themed Crafts

We've done so many already just to make our little living space a little more cheery. Pinterest comes in handy for things like this so here's my toddler board where you'll find all the cutest holiday crafts that are easy, entertaining & can be done with simple household items you probably already have.

16. Take Family Holiday Pictures

What traditions do you have with your family?
Do we have any in common? Share them below!

5 comments on "Christmas Bucketlist for Families"
  1. How fun! I need to make a holiday bucketlist :) I've never made Salt Dough Ornaments.

  2. We've already began watching our favorite Christmas movies! Christmas eve is reserved for A Christmas Story, though!

  3. We love Hallmark Christmas movies. Another tradition is we go to church on Christmas Eve and open pajamas. This is our first year without my mom so we are incorporating a new tradition of writing memories of mom and putting them in het stocking and reading them on Christmas day

  4. What a fun list. I'll definitely have to start some of these when my son gets a little older.

  5. So many fun ideas! I love it! My kids would love this. Thanks!


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