By Alex Davis
One thing all busy women have in common is that we are suckers for lists. With the dual demands of work and family life ever increasing, we probably would not survive without them. But lists do not always have to be work or business related: they can be fun, too! With the help of some friends, I’ve put together a holiday bucket list that even the busiest among us can enjoy.
- Walk around your neighborhood and look at Christmas lights.
- Write up some “holiday trivia” questions to do with family around the Christmas dinner table. A few ideas to get you started can be found here and here.
- Bring cookies and poinsettias to a nursing home and hand them out to the residents.
- Try DIY-ing your Christmas gifts this year. Donate the money you would have spent on expensive gifts to a charity of your choice.
- Attend a midnight church service on Christmas Eve.
- Choose a weeknight to make something delicious for dinner and eat it while watching your favorite Christmas movie. Check out the How She Does It Pinterest board for some recipe ideas!
- Host a holiday-themed ladies’ brunch.
- Participate in a local “angel tree” or “adopt-a-family” program – either by yourself, or with family or co-workers.
- Watch It’s a Wonderful Life. At least twice.
- Decorate your office or workspace. Convince your boss or co-workers to purchase a live office tree, if you do not already have one.
- Play the “Traditional Christmas Carols Radio” Pandora station while working.
- Host (or attend) a holiday murder mystery dinner party.
- Make overnight French toast to serve on Christmas morning.
- Check out a local “festival of lights.”
- Buy live poinsettias from a local nursery and add them to your holiday décor.
- Talk with family members about devising new holiday traditions.
- Attend a matinee of the Nutcracker ballet.
- Try adopting a local or cultural culinary tradition. For example, my family traditionally serves Panettone, an Italian sweet bread, for dessert on Christmas Eve. A friend of mine enjoys Moravian Sugar Cake, a local North Carolina product, with her family on Christmas morning.
- Buy a brand new ornament each year to add to your Christmas tree, and purchase an ornament to commemorate special life events, like marriage, buying a house, or having a baby. These new additions will make you smile each year as you remember the events they commemorate.
- Host a gingerbread house-making party with friends. Laugh about how the example photos are a complete lie and compare these falsely perfect images to your Michelin-man style gingerbread men.
- Read the Night Before Christmas with your family on Christmas Eve.
- Start a “gratitude jar.” Each day, write down something you are grateful for and add it to the jar. Sit down with your family on New Years Eve and read through each one. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
What would you add to this list? Share in the comments, and if you try any of these, snap a picture and share on Instagram! Cheers!
Featured Image from @wonderfelle.