My 2018 Holiday Bucket List

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:

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…

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!

Christmas Cards

Our favorite place to order cards is from Minted.

Advent Calendar

What do you put inside? Chocolates? Bible verses? I did both last year!

Read Christmas Books with my Sons

We own Mouse’s First Christmas and Little Blue Truck’s Christmas and Caleb loves them. I just put holds on a bunch of books at the library and I’ll let you know if we come across any favorites.

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.

What I didn’t put on my list because I likely won’t make it:

Christmas Regale at Fort Nisqually - December 1st

6th Avenue Santa Parade - December 2nd

Enchant Christmas at Safeco Field - Daily until December 30th

So, tell me, what’s on your holiday bucket list?