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A Christmas Bucket List

2012 November 8

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.

7) Send amazing holiday gifts to clients. No better time of year to say thank you to those who support you all year long. These, this and these paired with a mani/pedi gift card are on my radar.

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*

6 Responses
  1. liz duncan permalink
    November 8, 2012

    Sometimes when I get excited about things I’ll say, “I want to barf because…” I think it’s because my stomach is turning in an anxious/good way. As I was reading your post I was thinking “I want to barf because I’m in love with all of your holiday traditions.” They are so true, like about building the ginger bread house only to get stale and throw away. The Christmas music that most people get sick of, I can’t get enough of. Love Actually! I love Love Actually and I bet The Man has never seen it so thank you for that reminder.

    And thank you for this fabulous Holiday post!

  2. November 9, 2012

    OMG, Love Actually?? I can’t wait to watch it again! Great list!

  3. November 9, 2012

    Wow. What an extensive list. Love it. We just had a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Yumm!

    I’ve created a template so any of you can print out your own bucket list!
    You can also read my Christmas bucket list if you choose.


  4. November 9, 2012

    um, yeah. i’ve been christmas shopping already. for the first time ever before december 1. i used to wait. now, with the beans, bring it ON! i love everything – everything – about christmas (including thanksgiving).

    now. LET IT SNOW!

  5. Jasmine Parks permalink
    November 12, 2012

    I adore (and relate to) your bucket list…

  6. Christina permalink
    November 12, 2012

    A woman after my own heart! My bff and I watch Love Actually together every year at Christmas time. One of my favorite traditions!

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