A Christmas Bucket List
So in two weeks from tomorrow, Thanksgiving will be over and you will be eating leftover turkey sandwiches. Two weeks, my friends. Which means Christmas is only a short four weeks later. Which means we are officially entering holiday mode, aka my favorite time of the year.
I have always liked Christmas but since having my kids and then giving birth to Kai only five days before the big day two years ago, I am enamored with it. The music, the sights, the smells, it’s never too early to be merry and bright around these parts. So many memories to make, so much food to eat, so many warm moments to fill your heart. I told you…enamored.
So here is my “Christmas Bucket List for 2012” or just some of the 101+ things I want to do in the next six weeks to make the season bright:
1) Take the kids to Disneyland. The holidays are magical at the happiest place on earth, complete with stunning decorations, snow falling from the sky and a Santa parade like no other. It’s time to get Kai his first set of personalized mouse ears.
2) Visit Candy Cane Lane. We keep our decorations on the minimal chic side, but I love to see what the “creative types” pull out each year.
3) Have a peppermint mocha – or 14 of them – from Starbucks.
4) Build a gingerbread house with the kids. Let it sit there getting stale. Throw it in the trash.
5) Bake 17 different kinds of cookies. Gift them to friends and neighbors.
6) Order Little D’s letter from Santa. We did this last year for the first time and it was a huge hit.
8) Play Christmas music non-stop in the car, starting December 1st. And no, I really don’t get sick of it…
9) Become a Walmart/Kmart/Toys R Us Angel. My sister and I tried to do it last year on the 23rd and much to our dismay/delight, all the layaway accounts at our local store had been covered. Note to self: never too early to think about giving.
10) Stock up on champagne. Drink it at will – ’tis the season.
11) Take the kids to see Santa. Bury the photo in a box with all the others, never to be seen again.
12) Find a friend who loves to wrap. Barter with her for wine.
13) See number 9 above. Get a boatload of toys for the children’s hospital. Get Little D in on the act.
14) Watch Love Actually. And then watch it again. And then watch it again.
15) Get a Trader Joe’s advent calendar for each kid. There are some things you just have to keep simple during the holidays…
*photo via here – click through for more fun advent calendar ideas*