Ho-ho-ho, it’s time to share the update for my 2019 mini Christmas bucket list. Before reading this update, you might want to read the original post, here. Typically, I am very enthusiastic about my seasonal bucket list activities. But this time my heart really wasn’t into it. I knew as I put together my list that I wasn’t ‘feeling it’ so kept things short and sweet.
My 2019 Mini Christmas Bucket List
Here’s what I was hoping to do. While there were lots of things I hoped to do before the holidays, these were some of extra activities I had planned in addition to the traditional tree trimming, house deocrating, baking and cooking. PC doesn’t like Christmas but he has been very sweet to help me with preparations. He even helped make our Christmas cards!!
In addition to this mini-list below, and all the decorating and cooking, I would like to put together another Bethlehem dinner, and do another Christmas light scavenger hunt. We’ll see if that happens. Here’s what I’ve been working toward accomplishing.
Be Blessed to be a Blessing
Early in November I shared a list of 10 favorite gifts for 10 on the 10th. The items on that list became my first mini Christmas bucket list activity.
- Pick up trash. ✔️ Everywhere we go, I pick up at least 3 pieces of trash. I’m an all seasons garbage collector, not just at Christmas.
- Take donations to the El Paso animal shelter. ✔️ Took bones and treats for the puppies and kitties. And isn’t this a flattering photo?
- Collect food for church. ✔️ Several types of things and my beloved peanut butter.
- Provide books for some Little Free Libraries. ❌ Not yet. Will try to get this done over the next few weeks. Have looked into getting a Little Free Library to put in our neighborhood park or maybe even in our yard. The Woodworkers Club of El Paso makes LFLs and sells them for $100.00. I brought the second LFL in El Paso to the elementary school from which I retired. Placed another in a library where I was a long term sub in honor of the librarian who had worked there for years. The photos below were taken of that library.
- Donate arts and crafts supplies to the children’s hospital. ❌ Not yet but would like to take these supplies to the children who are hospitalized during the holidays. I need to sort through my many scrapbooking supplies.
- Adopt a classroom through Donors Choose. I adopted the classroom of the teacher with whom I worked during one of my long term library sub jobs. She is hoping to build a classroom library and to encourage her students to read, read, read. With my donation, I sent the following message:
- Provide a new blanket to the Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF). ✔️ Our church was collecting blankets for the task force so I left our blankets with them.
- Put together a care package for a deployed soldier. ✔️ This was a slightly selfish endeavor. My nephew Trey enlisted in the Army and started Basic Training in October. I sent snail mail letters, email letters through a service called Sandboxx, and several packages.
- Check with the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home to see what donations they need. ❌ Need to stop by to see what donations they could use. In the meantime, made a small monetary donation in honor of my very own vet.
- Take a name from the Christmas angel tree. ✔️ Our gym had an angel tree with the names of several orphaned or abandoned children from Rancho los Amigos. I selected 12 year-old Teresa’s name. PC and I enjoyed buying clothes and a few other things for her and packaging it all into a new backpack for her.
Make a Gingerbread Something and Decorate It
✔️- kinda Here I am at 61, hoping to make and decorate my first gingerbread house. I bought a single gingerbread house kit but today I saw a kit that comes with 4 little houses. Think I will get it so that all of us can decorate a house when we are together after Christmas. Don’t you think that will be fun?
Read Christmas Stories to Lucia and Cadence
✔️- kinda I have several favorite Christmas picture books but would like to build on my personal holiday library. Had thought I could make a video of myself reading a book or two so the girls will have it to share with their children someday. But that hasn’t happened. YET. I did read a new Christmas book with Lucia. And have purchased several other books. Of course, this retired librarian has included new books among the gifts I am giving to my grands. Now to have the babies here to read to.
Put Together a Cocoa Bar
✔️- kinda I have a delicious Mexican hot chocolate recipe to make, here. And have super cute cocoa bar decor and the perfect place in the kitchen to set it all up. Just need the family to get here!! Plan on making a crock pot of cocoa and having all kinds of goodies to add to it, toppings, etc. Found a few cute glass containers for the toppings. Bought some Santa chocolate-covered marshmallows and festive paper coffee (cocoa) cups. Pinned a number of photos of cocoa or hot chocolate bars on Pinterest including this pin with great suggestions for cocoa toppings.
Find a Christmas Ornament to Represent This Year
✔️ We’ve had another wild ride this year! Guess that’s just LIFE. Had thought maybe a tornado-shaped ornament would represent the crazy. But found a simple metal ornament with a single word that summed up what has gotten us through this roller coaster ride. BELIEVE. Having faith or believing that in the end, everything will be okay. Thank You, God.
Give Our Christmas Decorations Some New Life
✔️ We wanted to try something new outside in the yard. Our first inflatable. Debated over a “snowmam” (Lucia-speak), gingerbread man (or would that be “mam,” too?) or this nativity scene. Thought a second about the reason for the season, and the choice became clear. Tried something new in my wheelbarrow and by the front door. Decided to go with a snowmam and tree theme so I can keep the decorations up through January!! Just call me lazy. Inside, I added a few gingerbread men and snow flakes and “snow-mams,” hope to do a quick holiday home tour this weekend.
Brennyn, Mustafa and Cadence arrive on the 26th. We are hoping that Cami (36 weeks gestation), doesn’t arrive until her birth-date of o1.15.2020. In the meantime, I hope to tie up all of the loose ends on my 2019 mini Christmas bucket list and have a wonderful holiday surrounded by those I love most.
What activities made your 2019 mini-Christmas bucket list? How did you fare on accomplishing your planned activities? Did you try anything new this year? Do you have a favorite tradition you look forward to? Please link up your bucket list related post below or tell me about your accomplishments in a comment below.
How did you feel about 2019? Great year, fair-to-middlin’? Or pure garbage? We had lots of good moments but the year began very stressfully and is winding up the same way. How ’bout my Bitmoji’s gray hair? That speaks volumes!!
Hopeful for the new year and new decade. Enjoy your weekend!!
Hugs and kisses,