I’ve always been a fan of the Summer bucket list. It’s something that my daughter looks forward to every year. This year, it got me thinking – we need a holiday bucket list. Last year, my son was only 6 months, so let’s just say I was still adjusting to working full-time and managing life with two kids (and we were in the middle of buying a home).
Turn this holiday bucket list into meaningful family traditions
This year, I’m taking more time out for the little things. Creating a Holiday Bucket List can help us all do the same. A holiday bucket list is also a great way to bond with your family, during a time where we find ourselves succumbing to holiday stress. Did I mention that most of these are free or less than five bucks? You are most welcome.
- Go beyond hanging ornaments on the tree. Pick a window or a door and create a Christmas scene as a family.
- Volunteer at a local shelter or food bank. Learning the importance about giving to others in need should start early. If you’re like me, you talk about it a lot to your kids – now show them.
- Create ugly sweaters as a family. If you do it early enough you can take a family picture and use it for Christmas cards.
- Make greeting cards for people in a veteran’s hospital or other health care facilities. I remember doing this in High School. It felt amazing to see their faces as we delivered the cards.
- String popcorn! Ok, so this is something that I’ve always wanted to do so I’m throwing it in the list.
- Check out a local Christmas show. Luckily, we already did the research for you. We have a great list of events in the Tampa Bay area that are great for the entire family.
- Camp out in the living room anyone? Ok, so this can be done anytime of year. Seems so simple, right? Tell the kids you are doing this and see what simple means to them.
- Make grandma’s famous dish. Is there a famous dish that your Mom or Grandma always make during the holidays that you say, “ I swear, this year I’m going to make it”! Again, I’m inserting myself in this post.
- Drink hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie. Here’s another simple idea. When is the last time you did this as a family?
- Put the phone away. As you enjoy some of these lovely ideas with the family, be present, make memories and put that phone down.
When you go back to the basics, it’s easy to create memories that will last a lifetime.