My son and I were walking through a store this afternoon and he mentioned that it was so weird to see Christmas stuff all over the place – and that Thanksgiving should be on display. I agreed with him. I feel like we JUST had fun with Halloween, and why are rushing through the season? As we were discussing this, I realized that I don’t want to really rush the holidays, but I also wondered if November 11 is too soon to start watching Christmas movies. (I have so many movies and it might take a while to get through them!) Which leads me to a bucket list for this season. I don’t necessarily want to check each item off our list, but I wouldn’t mind doing a lot of these things.
- Watch at least 5 of the holiday movies we have on DVD/Blu-ray
- Introduce my son to the joys of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (he REALLY loved the Halloween special and we watched it at least 4 times the week of Halloween!)
- Really decorate. I haven’t brought out a lot of my ceramics pieces in years, and this year I’m feeling much more sentimental about them. More on that sometime soon.
- Make decorating our Christmas tree a true event. My son loves helping, and I want him to enjoy hanging all of our ornaments.
- Buy the kids new ornaments. I try to do this each year, but sometimes I wait too long. I’m determined to do this before Thanksgiving.
- Finish a ceramic piece for a Christmas gift. I started one two years ago and it needs to be completed this month.
- Go see Christmas lights! We love looking at lights in the neighborhood, or we could go to one of the area’s light shows. Either way, we need to do this.
- Celebrate with friends.
- Bake cookies!
- Mail our cards before December 1.
- Be prepared with teacher gifts. (It never fails, I’m always running late when it comes to gifts.)
- Weekly movie nights with my husband and son – complete with hot chocolate because it seems my son LOVES hot chocolate. 🙂
- Donate toys to a local charity.
- Work on a few Christmas crafts with my kids.
- Keep things simple.
What are you hoping to do this holiday season?
What a wonderful list. I hope you accomplish as many of them as possible while making precious family memories.
We, Mark and I, have just decided we are going to use my artificial tree this year. We’ll see how it all goes. I want to get to a few Christmas parades. I also want to go to the event in Waynesville the weekend of December 9.