Can you believe it? Thanksgiving has past and December is here in just a few days. We’re already starting to get into the Christmas spirit. The music has definitely started and will continue until Christmas day! Even though I’m super pregnant right now and excepting a baby any day, I still want to do all things Christmas, so I decided to put together a Holiday Bucket list. Do you want to join me in making one? Then I thought this PDF from Rochester MN Moms Blog was a cute template to make the bucket list festive and printable.
Here’s my Holiday Bucket List:
Put up Christmas Tree — DONE!
We picked out our tree on Sunday at GardenSphere. We enjoy supporting a local business plus the free delivery and setup is pretty bomb.
See Reindeer at Watson’s Nursery — DONE!
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Watch Christmas Movies
There are some must watch Christmas movies in this family - mostly deemed “must” by me. There are quite a few of them, so we gotta start watching at the start of the season to make it happen. Caleb won’t be watching all of them as he’s not quite old enough, but he’s watched ‘If You Give Mouse Christmas Cookie” (via Amazon Prime) about five times so far.
Bake Christmas Cookies
I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Christmas Cookies. Normally, I make Peppakakor as it’s a family tradition from my mom’s Swedish heritage. They are like a thinner, crispier, more spicy gingerbread cookie. I will likely pass this year since they are quite time consuming (and you know, the whole baby in the very near future thing). If I do make cut-out cookies, it’ll probably be sugar cookies that I think Caleb will enjoy decorating. I think these I’ll use this Perfect Every Time Cut-Out Cookies recipe along with the icing from Christmas Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing. Here’s a few recipes that caught my interest for this year:
Molasses Spice Cookies (I’ve made these before and love them)
Pecan Sandies (since Josh loves pecans)
Go to Christmas Markets
I love all the local artisan gifts at these markets and it’s nice to support them, too! I already went to one market, the 2nd Annual Tacoma Striezelmarkt. Here’s some others that I would love to go to…
December 1st: The Village 253 Handmade Market and Mingle 4th Annual
December 1st: Puyallup Holiday Market
December 5th: White Christmas Market
December 7th: Grit Gatsby Holiday Artisan Market
December 8th: 3rd Annual Downtown Tacoma Holiday Haul Crawl
See Santa Claus with my Sons
Why is it so hard to find a good, affordable Santa Claus? In the past we’ve gone to Bass Pro Shops, but the line is so cray crazy and with a toddler it’s just not going to work. This year we are scheduled to go to the North Pole at the Fair. I’ve heard good things, so here’s hoping!
Otherwise, here’s some others I noticed happening around town:
Visit, and possibly ice skate, the Indigo Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink at Point Ruston
Surprisingly, this is happening daily until February 19th next year.
Make a Gingerbread House
We bought a kit from Target. Last year we bought it from Costco. The kits are totally worth it.
Hot Cocoa with Caleb
Enjoy a fire in the Fireplace
We did this last year and was so fun. It’s going daily until January 6th. Just be sure to bundle up because it gets cold!
Our favorite place to order cards is from Minted.
What do you put inside? Chocolates? Bible verses? I did both last year!
Read Christmas Books with my Sons
Attend Christmas Eve Service
We love our church, Resurrection Church, and the music is awesome. Christmas Eve services are at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm.
Go to the Festival of Trees
We went with a friend last year and the boys enjoyed looking at all the themed trees. This is happening just two days: November 30th and December 1st.