An Advent Bucket List

December 2, 2011

I have a sweet spot in my heart for holiday traditions like advent calendars. When I was little, we always got the standard cardboard ones with chocolate pieces for each day. As an adult, I get chocolate whenever I choose, so those aren’t quite as exciting.

But since I still love the idea of counting down to Christmas and squeezing all the holiday celebrating out of the whole month, I love these two ideas I stumbled upon this week.

The first, from Sharon of NYC Taught Me, is to create a list of holiday activities, even tiny ones, to do every day. Her list is perfect for her three kids – and they even helped come up with festive ideas for it!

{pretty wrapped books from No Big Dill}

The second is from Katy over at No Big Dill. She wraps Christmas library books for her kids and they get to open one each day. Doesn’t that sound fun? I think I need a gaggle of 5-year olds who would totally get into this!

So I decided to put together my own list to celebrate the Christmas season. Slightly less kid friendly, but equally active and festive. I’m a little late to the game, but here’s the start of my list.

Sip a hot chocolate at Butler's (more on this one next week!)
Stroll through town (without a to-do list!) to enjoy the Christmas
Make mulled cider
Bake Christmas cookies for the neighbors
Cut down our Christmas tree and trim it
Make a wreath
Plant an amaryllis
Sing Christmas carols
Make a sparkle carol garland (like this one!)
Watch Home Alone and Love Actually
Have Michael make eggnog and actually try it!

I’d say this will get me through the end of next week, and by then I’m sure I’ll have more than enough ideas to last me through to January! I think December should be twice as long!

Do you do advent calendars in your house? What do you think of making a seasonal bucket list? What would you make sure to include – I don’t to miss any!


  • Reply sharon December 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    thanks! the last one on your list made me laugh.

  • Reply Katie December 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    My mom made me the most wonderful advent calendar and sent it to me one year while I was in college. It is one of my most treasured items and I love taking it out every year. I also admit that a wave of nostalgia hit me and I purchased a chocolate advent calendar for 99 cents this year. I don’t think I’d had one for perhaps two decades!

    I like the bucket list idea; I’d add sledding on Christmas Eve (if the conditions are right) and watching It’s a Wonderful Life.

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