Feeling Festive | Our Christmas Bucket List

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Bucket List

As much as I love the autumn, and all the festivities that come with it, it is the countdown to Christmas that gets me really giddy with excitement. There is a certain magic in the air, and it is all the little things that make me so happy at this time of year. After reading a wonderful and heartwarming post by Mary recently, I have taken the time to think about what Christmas means to us. I agree with her wholeheartedly that Birthdays are the time for wish lists and wanting. That Christmas instead is a time for family, for traditions and a time for giving. And so I thought I would share the things that we hope to get up to this festive season:

Meet Father Christmas - I would love to take Zach to the grotto to meet Father Christmas and his elves this year. Although he is too young to understand what is going on I think it would be great to start the tradition from his very first Christmas!

Stir-Up Sunday - This year I hope to make our own Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies and plan to follow the old tradition of making them on Stir Up Sunday (the last Sunday before advent, this year the 22nd November). I hope that Zach will help me, although I'm sure he'll just want to throw the mixture everywhere!

Shop for the Food Bank - This is something that I try to do throughout the year, but during the festive season our focus is giving and I think that this is a great way to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Most big supermarkets will have a collection for the local food bank, as well as a list of the items most needed. It doesn't cost a lot to add a couple more bits to our shop, but will make a difference for someone else.

Make a Christmas Eve box - I have always thought that Christmas Eve is a really special and exciting day. My German family open presents together, and although we open ours on Christmas Day I have always opened one small gift on Christmas Eve. I want to keep that tradition with Zach, and want to make him a box each year too. I intend to fill it with a pair of pyjamas, a film to watch, a book to read and a decoration to put on the tree.

Go to a Christmas market - We have actually already been to one this weekend, and it was absolutely lovely. Out favourite local one is in Ely Cathedral, and as it is in November it really sets the tone for the weeks ahead. We plan to go to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park too, although we're a bit worried about taking Zach in the pushchair!

Make a gingerbread house - Although I love baking I have never made a gingerbread house and I think it sounds like a really fun activity for Jono and I to do together. I'm not sure he'll be so keen so we may not get to cross this one off our list!

Hang a wreath on our front door - I love seeing everyone's decorations on their houses as it gets closer to Christmas. I really want to get a wreath this year, as I think it will look lovely on our old Georgian double front door. My only worry is that it will get stolen as we live on a main road!

Watch our favourite Christmas films - One of the things I love the most at this time of year is getting cosy on the sofa with a blanket and a hot chocolate and watching some Christmas films. Our favourites are A Muppet's Christmas Carol, Elf, Home Alone and Little Women.

Drive around to look at the Christmas lights - I personally would not put Christmas lights all over our house BUT I love going to look at them! I loved driving around Cambridge with my parents after dark to look at the houses where people had gone all out with the decorations, and want to make it a tradition with Zach.

I can't wait to do all of these things and get in the festive spirit! What is on your Christmas bucket list?


  1. Chantal I LOVE this list and also that I inspired you in some small way haha! I have never heard of stir up sunday and I love that tradition. All of your ideas and list are all wonderful things to do as a family and feel the christmas cheer/spirit! All the best for some great festivities x

    1. Thank you Mary - and I really really loved your post! Although we don't share the same religious views I felt everything you said really resonated with me, and I think that what we feel is important at Christmas is quite similar. I hope you're well xx

  2. Ah I love this list Chantal and we have so many of them on our favourite traditions for Christmas too. I can't wait! x

  3. Shopping for the food bank is such a lovely way to acknowledge the spirit of giving at Christmas, nabbing that one thanks :)

    1. I think it's such an important thing to do, especially at this time of year! xx


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