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The holiday season is upon us and I’m determined to make the most of it this year. We’ve kind of been shut-ins for the last couple of years, basically since the twins were born. It’s just so difficult to get out and do things with three kids, especially when two of them are under two. Now that they’re getting a little older and dare I say, more manageable in public, we can actually try to get into some holiday festivities this year!
I’ve come up with my Holiday Bucket List and the top twenty things I would like to try to do this holiday season. We may not get to them all, but I sure am going to try! I also created a cute printable to hang on the fridge and check off our activities as we go. Feel free to snag this for yourself and go spread some holiday cheer!
1. Attend A Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
In Boise, we have an event called the Festival of Trees where they light the tree downtown and then you can walk around and look at the amazing Christmas trees decorated and donated by different organizations for auction.
2. Drive Around And Look At Christmas Lights
It would be so fun to hop in the car in your PJs and tour the neighborhood. At this age, the lights are so magical, so I know my kids would love this.
3. Bake Christmas Cookies
My favorite part of baking sugar cookies? Eating the frosting!
4. Adopt A Child/Donate To Someone In Need
This is something I am aiming to do with my kids every year. It’s important to me that they understand how fortunate they are. One thing we’ve already instituted for the last couple of years, in order to get new toys for Christmas, we have to select multiple toys to donate to kids in need. Some of those toys might be a little too tattered to actually donate but Macie doesn’t know that and it gets the message across.
In addition, it would be great to “adopt a child” and take the kids to the store to actually pick out gifts for them. We’ve been trying, especially now that Macie is getting older, to teach her not to expect toys and gifts for herself every time we go to a store. I reiterate trying. It’s so hard at this age!
5. Go Sledding Or Ice Skating
We are all prepped with super cute snow gear for the kids this year so we’ll be hitting the slopes! Well, for sledding at least!
6. Make/Decorate A Gingerbread House
Macie asks to do this every year and so far, our houses always fall apart! How adorable is this camper gingerbread house?
7. Have A Christmas Movie Night
I love sharing the tradition of watching the classics like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. I remember watching these as a kid and really want my kids to love these movies too!
8. Visit A Christmas Light Display
Every year, we go to the Winter Garden aGlow at the Botanical Gardens where they cover all of the plants with thousands of lights. I’m hoping to take the twins for the first time this year!
9. Make Christmas Ornaments
This is one thing I plan to do for sure. I have a little mini tree I would like to set-up in the playroom and let the kids decorate it with ornaments of their own.
10. Visit Santa Claus And Take A Picture With Him
The twins have yet to do this; it should be interesting to see how that goes!
11. Read The Christmas Story
I would love to make this a Christmas Eve tradition with my kids!
12. Have A Dance Party To Christmas Music
We will, of course, be calling on Alexa to play our tunes! Some of my favorites…
13. Build A Snowman
Another thing the twins have yet to do! Last year, they had a mix of fun and meltdowns when we tried to play in the snow, so hopefully, this year will be more fun for them! And P.S. who knew there were actually snowman kits?
14. Have A Chrismas PJ’s And Hot Cocoa Night
It would be so fun to set-up a little hot cocoa bar and let the kids make their own cocoa concoctions.
15. Get Or Give Each Other Holiday Mani/Pedis
OK so maybe Andy and Lincoln won’t be interested in this one, but sure would be a lot of fun to do with Macie and Reagan! Can you believe I’ve actually never painted Reagan’s nails?
16. Decorate The Christmas Tree As A Family
Most years, I do this on my own, but hopefully, it’s something I can get the whole family into this year! P.S. I’m dying to get a flocked tree this year and thinking I want more of a slim size. What do you think?
17. Take A Fun Family Christmas Photo
Christmas PJs, decorating the tree, playing in the snow…there are so many cute ideas. Just check out Pinterest for some inspiration!
18. Have An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
We did this a couple of years ago and it was so fun. We’re hosting a party again this year so maybe an idea we can do again!
19. Make A Fun Holiday Craft
20. Christmas Gift Exchange With The Whole Family
We usually have a Christmas Eve party where everyone brings a gift and then we draw numbers and play something similar to White Elephant gifts. We do a fun gift but limit it to $20 so it’s usually things like home decor, tools, perfumes/lotions, candy, etc. It’s a great way for everyone to get a gift without breaking the bank!
I’m so excited for this holiday season and hope we can cross off as many of these items as possible. Don’t forget to download my free printable and let me know what you and your family plan to do for the holidays!