Well, I did it. I actually made a bucket list for this holiday season.
As you all know, I’m a sucker for a list. When I made my first summer bucket list, I told you about how in college I would make “to do” lists each day and I got to the point where I wrote things like “wake up,” “brush teeth” and the like just so I could cross something off the list and feel super accomplished. I know this is totally silly, but, honestly, sometimes just getting out of bed can be an accomplishment, right?
If you’ve been hanging around this site for a while, you also know that I’ve made a foodie bucket list, a summer reading list, and two summer bucket lists (one in 2014 and 2015). I make “to do” lists for myself every week and don’t even get me started on packing lists for trips. I get those started weeks before I travel.
Hello, my name is Christina and I’m a list-oholic.
I’ve never felt the need to make any sort of holiday “to do” list until this year. Just like with everything else, having Cecilia has been a complete game-changer and since this will be her first Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, I want to soak up every single second of it.
When I started to make the list, it all of a sudden started to look like a strict “to do” list, which I really didn’t want it to be. Things like “get a Christmas tree” were on the list and while, yes, that’s something we’re going to do, I changed that item to “decorate the Christmas tree as a family” because I wanted the things on the list to be all about family experiences and starting our own holiday traditions.
So, this is my list. It’s things that I would like to do during this season, but I don’t want to be upset if it all doesn’t get done; because again, it’s all about experiences and enjoying this time of year with my husband, daughter and family.
MY 2015 HOLIDAY SEASON BUCKET LIST
Enjoy Thanksgiving in Santa Fe with family
Enjoy Christmas in the Bay Area with family and see as many old friends as possible
Take Cecilia to see/take a picture with Santa
Take Cecilia to Jungle Bells
Go to December Nights
Go to our neighborhood’s holiday parade (North Park Toyland Parade)
Attend The Old Globe Christmas tree lighting – COMPLETED ON 11/15
Drive around to see Christmas lights
Decorate our Christmas tree as a family
Drink as much apple cider and hot chocolate as possible
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life (I’ve never seen it!)
Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas (LOVE this show!)
Watch as many holiday movies as possible (no matter how bad they are — I’m looking at you Lifetime channel)
Do lots of holiday baking and try to incorporate Cecilia as much as possible
Make food gifts for family and friends
Listen to LOTS of Christmas music everyday
Start new family traditions – this includes some of the things I already mentioned above, but also includes making salt dough ornaments of Cecilia’s hand and footprints
Spend the New Year with people I love and look forward to the happiness and experiences 2016 will bring
Soak up each day with my little family of three
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