Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmas Bucket List 2019

We have many traditions for Christmas that we do year after year, so if you’ve been reading for a while, then you’ll probably recognize many of the items on our bucket list today.  However, as usual, I’ve thrown in a few new ideas in the mix as well to keep our Christmas season interesting…

And since I’m posting my bucket list so late in the season, some of these have actually already been accomplished!

O N E – Finish Transitioning from Dark Red and Gold Decorations to Red, Green, and White Decorations… and Throw in a Little Bit of Pink

Last year I started transitioning our Christmas decorations from the dark red and gold that they’d been for over a decade, and I’m hoping to complete the transition this year by throwing in some pink.  Last year I removed all of the dark red and gold and replaced it with red, green, and white, and this year I’m adding the final pink touches.

T W O – Ramp Up Office Christmas Décor

Since I spend nearly six hours in my home office each day, it’s necessary to ramp up the décor in there.  ;o)

T H R E E – Angel Tree at Church

We purchase gifts for a local little boy and little girl each Christmas through our church and we plan to do it again this year.

F O U R – 3rd Annual North Pole Breakfast / Elf on the Shelf

This has become one of the kids’ most anticipated traditions and we are continuing it this year.  The kids adore Cheek, our elf!

F I V E – Winterfest at our Local University

We had so much fun at this event last year that the kids have asked about it periodically ever since. 

S I X – See Frozen 2 in the Movie Theater

We have all waited for this for months! 

S E V E N – Celebrate 12 Years Married

B and I celebrate 12 years together this Christmas season!

E I G H T – Breakfast with Santa

We’ve attended this event at our church and school for years so it’s on the list yet again. 

N I N E – Celebrate Maui’s Birthday

Maui will be ten years old this year, so an extra special celebration is in order.

T E N – Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown

Another Christmas tradition!

E L E V E N – Watch Favorite Christmas Movies and Find New Ones

We have a handful of favorites that we watch every year and I’m hoping to find one or two new ones to watch that we’ve never seen.

T W E L V E – Annual Girls’ Scarf & Ornament Exchange

I’ve had this tradition with my girlfriends for more than a decade and I’m excited to continue it for another year.

T H I R T E E N – See The Nutcracker

We have tickets to see The Nutcracker in Atlanta later this month with the kids!  However, it falls during the busiest week of our whole month, so we’re debating selling the tickets and skipping it this year.  I would love to make it work, but at the same time, I’ll be fine if we don’t.  This one is a maybe…

F O U R T E E N – Fantasy in Lights

I’ve been going to Fantasy in Lights in Callaway Gardens since it opened when I was ten years old.  The tradition continues…

F I F T E E N – Drive Around and Look at Lights

This is a given.

S I X T E E N – Visit with the Mall Santa

Another given.

S E V E N T E E N – Indulge in Some Peppermint Mochas

The Peppermint Mocha is probably my favorite coffee drink of all time… even more so than the Pumpkin Spice Latte, so I have to get them while the gettings good!

E I G H T E E N – New Ornaments for Each of the Kids

We get each of our kids a new ornament every Christmas!

N I N E T E E N – Send Out Christmas Cards

Another given… B and I have been doing this since 2007 when we got married.

T W E N T Y – Christmas Eve Childrens’ Mass

One of my very favorite hours of the entire year!

Time to get busy!


  1. We have a place around here that seems to similar to your Fantasy in Lights...I am hoping to make it through but I am keeping my expectations low. Otherwise I will just have live vicariously through you!

  2. Happy 12 years! And yessss to the North Pole breakfast. It was a lot of work, but Serena LOVED it and wondered why her elf didn't bring it again the next day - ha! <3

    Green Fashionista

  3. It looks like you've gotten a great start on your Christmas bucket list. Totally agree about the Nutcracker - it's hard to fit it all in!

  4. Love this list, the perfect things to get in the Christmas spirit. Little Ginger would have been 10 this November too, I hope you a great celebration for Maui for us! Happy 12 years, that is such an accomplishment to go that long and stay so clearly in love. I think it is all your date nights, they keep it alive!

  5. I sooo wanted to take my girls to see the Nutcracker this weekend, but we got home Friday evening. Next year. I can't wait to see how many you guys do!


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