Happy December 1st, friends!
A few weeks ago, Jamie at No Delusions of Grandeur, one of my bucket list blogging buddies, asked if the bucket list gang was going to do a Christmas bucket list post. It had never occurred to me! We have the autumn bucket list series that extends from September 21 – December 21 when we start our winter bucket list series. Theoretically, Christmas activities would “fall” under the autumn list. But when I made my autumn list in September, I sure wasn’t thinking about Christmas! So, we decided to put together a mini Christmas bucket list post to share our hopeful holiday diversions. And here we are.
Mini Christmas Bucket List
As I typed that heading, I realized that this isn’t a mini Christmas bucket list but a Christmas mini bucket list. Grammar was never my strong suit. Forgive me. We decided to limit our lists to 5 activities or traditions that we would undertake. When my friend Sue at Sizzling Toward Sixty mentioned that she was going to feature family traditions in her post, I started thinking about our family traditions. Guess what? We ain’t got none! Sadly true. I mean, we put up a tree and open presents and eat too much on Christmas day but none of that is terribly original to us. Which prompted me to decide that this year we are going to start some traditions. This is the list I came up with. Activities for this year but they will be traditions next year!
I ran them by PC (while he was playing Tankville on his laptop) and he gave them a thumbs up. Pretty certain I will need to explain them again as we start ticking them off the list. But now that there is a blog post written about them, we have to give them a go.
1st Annual Keepsake Christmas Ornament
We are going to find an ornament that represents our 2017. PC says this should be 2 $25,000 bills (does money come in that denomination?) and wrap them around a chunk of coal to represent the disaster that is our pool. Maybe we can find a Santa in an inner tube instead. Something like this?
Because we are a ‘blended family’ – most of our ornaments are things that I had with the girls before I met my Prince. I would like to start collecting an ornament a year that is OURS.
Christmas Movie and Bethlehem Dinner
We usually watch at least one holiday movie rerun during December. For this activity, I would like for us to watch a movie like “A Christmas Carol” (my fav version stars George C. Scott) or “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart. Spread out a blanket or make a pallet on the rug in the den with lots of pillows.
Then while watching the movie, we will enjoy a Bethlehem dinner. We have these occasionally but I never knew to call them ‘Bethlehem dinners’. Maybe when they are eaten in July, they aren’t really considered Bethlehem dinners. I learned that term on the blog Having Fun at Home which I stumbled upon through Pinterest. A Bethlehem dinner is a meal created from foods that Joseph and Mary would have eaten on their journey to baby Jesus’s birthplace. Dried fruit and meats, cheese, pita bread, olives, nuts and wine. And the dinner is served by candlelight. Or, in the case of our bucket list activity, by the TV light from the movie we are watching. I happened on a wonderful article about Bethlehem meals, here, if you would like to learn more. Carrie, my sweet friend from Curly, Crafty Mom, I think you and your family would love this!!
Gifts for Sergio and Ariadna
I met two children in my last sub assignment whose mother was an out of work migrant worker resulting in the family being homeless. Sergio is a third grader and his sister Ariadna is a fourth grader. When I learned of their sad situation, I told my sister about them. She sent them the cutest backpacks and I filled the backpacks with some new clothes before giving them to the kids.
Last year, we chose two names from an angel tree for whom to buy gifts (how bout that grammar?). This year, PC and I want to provide Sergio and Ariadna with a little bit of Christmas.
Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
We usually drive around to look at lights. Novel idea, huh? But we have never done a Christmas light scavenger hunt.
Ideally, El Paso would be blanketed in snow and we would take a horse-drawn sleigh about town looking for a lighted Grinch, a nativity scene and a family of penguin or polar bear. A girl can dream.
Progressive Dinner Date
This activity really has nothing to do with the holidays. We are just going to do it during the holidays. Have you ever gone on a progressive dinner date? I want to go somewhere for drinks and appetizers, then dinner, then dessert. Nothing too outrageous. Three restaurants, maybe four. One of my uncompleted autumn bucket list items is two try two new restaurants. Maybe I can check that off with this mini Christmas bucket list diversion. Kill two birds with one stone so to speak.
And those are the 5 activities on my mini Christmas bucket list. Come back on 12.21.2017 for an update on how we fared on this list and to check out my winter bucket list.
Since we are short on Christmas traditions over here, won’t you share one of your family’s favorite things to do this time of year in a comment below? We are looking for all of the inspiration we can get. I bet I will get some great ideas from the other gals linking-up for today’s post, too. If you have a Christmas traditions post you’d like to share with the world, won’t you join our linky party?
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Looking forward to reading your comments with Christmas traditions. We are going to start on our list this weekend. What plans do you have?
Hugs and kisses,