Christmas is a little over a month away and I just got my Christmas bucket list post out! It’s a little late seeing as everyone starts looking for Christmas related things as early as August if not earlier…
Either way, late or early, I’ve got thirty fun Christmas bucket list ideas for you to try!
1. Wrap presents for your friends and family.
I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE wrapping presents. It makes me feel really giddy and excited about Christmas and about seeing their reactions when they receive the gifts!
2. Make a Christmas playlist.
I have a post that has a list of Christmas songs you should add to your playlist! Go check it out!
3. Watch: How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
I’ve only seen the 1966 cartoon version of it, but my friend loves the live-action version. And the new one came out last week, so go see that one, too!
4. Walk around downtown.
Downtown Holland normally has street performers sometime in December and it’s so much fun to listen to Christmas carols and get some candy canes and free samples…
5. Sing Christmas carols.
And dance! Don’t forget the dancing! You’ve got to rock around the Christmas tree, remember?
6. Try a new hot chocolate recipe.
There’s peppermint, which I personally think goes best with the Christmas season, gingerbread, vanilla, and so many other Christmas-themed flavors you should try! I should probably try them, too…
7. Have a Christmas-themed photo shoot.
Do it with your friends! Do it with your family! Do it with your neighbors! Do it by yourself if you don’t like taking pictures with other people!
8. Make a Mason Jar lid ornament.
Mason Jar lid ornaments look so cute! It looks like a lot of fun to do, maybe I should try it…
9. Drive around your neighborhood and look at the lights.
My family loves to go drive around and look at everyone’s Christmas decorations and lights outside. It’s a fun thing to do with your family when you’ve got nothing planned for the evening.
10. Take pictures with Santa.
And don’t forget to tell him what you want for Christmas!
11. Bake cookies with your friends.
Make sure you don’t forget to eat the cookies as well! Unless you’re baking them for someone else…in that case, don’t eat them! Okay, maybe you can eat one…
12. Watch: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
This story obviously takes place before the Beast turns back into a human… It’s a magical story about love and friendship and how you don’t need decorations, food, or a tree to celebrate Christmas. Although, it wouldn’t be as much fun without the tree, decorations, and food! 😉
13. Use a Christmas cookie cutter on pancakes.
You’ll end up with Christmassy looking pancakes that will go perfectly for the season! I’ve never tried it before, but it looks like fun! Just make sure you don’t use the plastic cookie cutters if you’re molding the batter while it’s cooking…
14. Do a White Elephant gift exchange.
The gifts can be cheap. I think that’s the main point of it. You don’t know what you’re getting and the other person doesn’t know what you’re giving. From plastic spoons to really awesome gifts, this white elephant gift exchange game is tons of fun for a big group!
15. Read a book by the tree.
I love doing this! It’s so nice and relaxing to read by the Christmas tree with Christmas music playing in the background…
16. Host an ugly Christmas Sweater party.
Fun thing to do with your family and friends! And let’s face it, some of the ‘ugly’ sweaters actually look pretty cute!
17. Wear only red or green for a day.
Or, to make things more challenging, wear only red and green for a week! No breaks in between, ’cause that’s cheating! Unless you come up with your own rules… I don’t think I own very many reds and greens to last a week…
18. Go to a Christmas parade.
Those parades can be a lot of fun. You stand huddled between a bunch of people in the freezing weather and watch as the floats and other freezing people march by. And sometimes they throw candy, and that’s what makes enduring the cold worth it! 😉
19. Make food for Santa’s reindeer.
They get hungry too, you know! The best time to do it is on Christmas eve, you leave a trail of sparkles and glitter with a dash of cinnamon on the snow, and the next day it’s gone! And it’s definitely because they had eaten it and not because it had snowed overnight. 😉
20. Host a Christmas party.
Invite your friends and/or your neighbors for a fun Christmas fest!
21. Make a popcorn garland.
It’s fun! Plus, you’ll get to eat the popcorn and decorate your house! It’s a win-win! To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever made a popcorn garland…I prefer to just eat the popcorn!
22. Watch: A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Spoiler alert: Charlie Brown picks the cutest tree you will ever see!
23. Do a random act of kindness.
Christmas is a wonderful time to show someone that you care for them. Of course, a little kindness can go a long way, no matter what time of year it is!
24. Give your teacher a gift.
Or your small group leaders, or your mom, if you’re homeschooled. 😉
25. Make Christmas bookmarks.
Use Christmas scrapbook paper (or regular paper) and cut it out in the shape of an ornament, star, or whatever Christmassy shape you want!
26. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.
We have a tradition: My dad always reads this book on Christmas Eve before we go to bed… and it has those lift-the-flap things in it! Speaking of traditions…
27. Come up with a new family Christmas tradition.
I’m betting all of my Keeper of the Lost Cities books that your family has at least one Christmas tradition, maybe two, that you do every single December. You can add to the list! Come up with something fun or silly that your whole family would enjoy doing! Maybe make it a tradition to come up with a new Christmas tradition every year…
28. Watch: A Christmas Story.
This is another one of our Christmas traditions… we watch this as a family every year!
29. Build a gingerbread house.
Better yet, make it a contest with your family! May the best gingerbread house decorator win!
30. Make your room look Christmassy.
Decorate your room with garlands and ornaments and poinsettias and lights! Or, if you want to go for a more simplistic look, pick an area in your room you want the most attention to go to. i. e. your window, desk, bookshelf, etc. and make it look amazing!
That’s it! I hope this Christmas bucket list will help you to have a fun-filled Christmas!
Have a wonderful week!
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