CHRISTMAS bucket list

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again…my FAVORITE time of year. It’s Christmas!!

Correction: It’s November 26th

But, as far as I’m concerned, it’s time for Christmas.

It’s time to trim the tree, hang stockings, look at lights…and pig out on Thanksgiving leftovers. I’m currently eating my way through three leftover pies (caramel apple, pecan, and cranberry) while also dreaming about what kind of cookies I’m going to make this year. (If you’re lucky, I’ll post a recipe or two…)

I’d had grand visions of coming to you today with a gloriously Christmas-y post, filled to the brim with cheery holiday pictures. BUT…my camera is still recuperating from its extensive use during Thanksgiving–I think it might have turkey overload 😉

So, instead, I present to you a completely picture-less post, but one with a BIG promise.

This is my Christmas bucket list. Below, I will list all of the things I hope to do and see this wonderful holiday season…and I’ll be checking things off the list via Instagram, so make sure you’re following me! For those of you who don’t do Instagram, I’ll be doing a Christmas round-up for my newsletter subscribers at the end of the season, so make sure you’re signed up for that, too. You can do that here.

***Hee. I’m getting so good at this shameless self-promotion stuff it’s scary***

Okay…I’ll get to the point.


  • Trim the Christmas tree! I’ll be doing that this Friday, so stay tuned 🙂
  • Play my violin at the local Christmas Fair–all of the money I make in tips goes straight into my present-buying coffer.
  • Bake cookies and make candies–also, eat cookies and eat candies, but I didn’t have to tell you that, right?
  • Finish the first draft of my second book. I know that isn’t very Christmas-y, but I only have 10,000 words to go before I type THE END. And those two words are as big a Christmas present as I could ever ask for.
  • Shopping! Mom and I are planning a trip to the city for some serious shopping. I’d share my haul with you, but certain people happen to visit this blog and I fear that I would spoil their Christmas surprises 🙂 You’ll just have to trust me on this one…
  • Read old Christmas stories. I love books of all shape, size, and color–even raggedy picture books I’ve had since my first Christmas. Usually I forget about them but, this year, I’m determined to crack open a few and rekindle childhood memories.
  • Eat cranberry-white-chocolate cheesecake. It’s a holiday treat and I’ve been craving it since last year.
  • Wrapping! Though you might be appalled at my haphazard gift wrapping skills. I’m learning, I promise…
  • Send out Christmas cards–snail mail is a dying art, and I happen to be hugely obsessed with cardmaking. So, I will make it my mission to single-handedly give the postal workers a job to do this December.
  • See the lights. I’m a big fan of lights–whether they’re on my own Christmas tree or scattered throughout my town. I’m consistently thrilled to see lights bringing cheer to the wintertime gloom.
  • Christmas parties! My mom is the Queen of All Parties and she has some fantastic events planned to help us celebrate the season.
  • Honor Jesus’s sacrifice by serving others. I’m not sure yet how I’ll do this, but I hope to be a blessing to many this holiday season.
  • Watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or some other goofy Christmas movie. I don’t know why, but I’m missing those cheesy animated tales.
  • Help prepare a late-night Christmas Eve dinner. My family has a tradition of eating late on Christmas Eve, after Church, and staying up half the night to stare at the tree before stuffing stockings.
  • Make monkey bread for Christmas Morning breakfast (which is usually eaten around noon) after opening stockings. My mom and I take stockings VEEERY seriously. In other words, we spend half the day opening them.
  • See snow. I live on the valley floor, so my chances of a snow day are between slim and slimmer. BUT we might take a trip up to the mountains the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
  • Attempt to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Christmas Eve, I can stay up to one or two in the morning. No problem. New Year’s? I’m pinching myself before nine o’clock. The excitement of watching a big ball fall from the sky on TV isn’t enough to keep me up.

What about you? What’s on your bucket list this Christmas season? Let me know in the comments below!


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