Starting the New Year...With a Christmas Bucket List

*Photo by Katie Langmuir

I have this thing with the holidays. I love everything about them, but they seriously stress me out. But for some reason this year felt a little bit different, and I think that's because I really tried to not let everything overwhelm me. We made our holiday plans with family early so that took some of the pressure off (hello 3 Christmases),  I really put effort into decorating our tree and our home, and I watched ALL the Hallmark Christmas movies. Nothing puts me in the spirit more than cheesy Christmas movies.

As the holiday season was going by, I started to make a running list in my head of all the things I wanted to do, see, and experience. Since I wasn't well prepared to do any of them this past Christmas, I thought, why not make a list for the next season and get a head's start. Usually the holiday season comes and goes so quickly that you never get around to doing half of the things you want. By starting to compile my list of things this far in advance, I feel like I'm setting myself up to be organized, schedule activities in, and make things happen!  I'm sure I will keep adding as the year goes on, but I figure this is as good a place to start as any!

My 2018 Christmas Bucket List:

1. Visit an outdoor Christmas Market.

2. Decorate a gingerbread house. I would make one, but if you know me you know I'm not too skilled in the kitchen, so it's better for me just to buy one. Trust me.

3. Go to The Nutcracker Ballet.

4. Get my picture taken with Santa. Super cheesy, I know, but every year I want to do it and I never do. So this is the year! Plus, the mall Santa is just the cutest thing ever.

5. Go ice skating. I haven't been in years, and now that our nieces and nephews are old enough to be on skates, it would be so fun to do it with them.

6. Make a holiday inspired cocktail. We love Moscow Mules in our house, and when I came across this recipe over the holidays, I knew it needed to be on the list of things to do next Christmas!

7. Re-watch some of my favourite Christmas movies from when I was little. A couple that will definitely be on my list that I haven't watched in years are: Frosty the Snowman, All I Want for Christmas, The Muppet's Christmas Carol, and Babes in Toyland (one of my mom and my all time favourite movies. The 1961 version with Annette Funicello is the best!).

I love my Simplified Planner and use it to house literally all the things! 

Even though I'm sure everyone has put any thought of the holidays behind them, I'd love to know what you would put on your bucket list for next December. Maybe I'll just have to add some of them to mine!