Ho-ho-ho, it’s time to share my 2019 mini-Christmas bucket list. So happy to have you here to help me kick off the festivities. In 2017, I started making my mini-Christmas bucket lists. You can read that year’s list, here. But this time last year, my mom was suicidal and had just been admitted to a psychiatric center for the 3rd time in 7 years. I didn’t create a mini-Christmas bucket list because I wasn’t sure we were going to celebrate Christmas at all.
With worries about my mom, PC’s mom after her wreck in October and our (un)employment situation, I have been hanging on by a thread over here again this year. To be honest, I hadn’t thought much about the holidays until I started putting together this list. And then the magic started happening. I started thinking about decorating, putting up the tree, cocoa and Christmas lights. My eyes glassed over, my heart grew 3 sizes and I started daydreaming about all the fun we are going to have.
I grabbed pen and paper, dashed off my list then checked it twice. And here it is for your approval!
My 2019 Mini-Christmas Bucket List
With only a month to bring this list to fruition, I needed to get busy yesterday! And I did!! Here’s what I am hoping and have begun to do.
While there are lots of things I hope to do between now and 12.25.2019, these are some of extra activities I have planned. Of course, we will put up the tree, but not before fighting about it a little. PC doesn’t like Christmas. I would like to put together another Bethlehem dinner, and do another Christmas light scavenger hunt. But the things on this year’s list are like extra credit.
Be Blessed to be a Blessing
Remember last week’s post about my 10 favorite gifts for 10 on the 10th? And the give away? You’ve entered, right? If not, click here and do that pronto!! For this activity I want to be a blessing in some small ways to others.
- Pick up trash.
- Take donations to the El Paso animal shelter.
- Collect food for church.
- Provide books for some Little Free Libraries.
- Donate arts and crafts supplies to the children’s hospital.
- Adopt a classroom through Donors Choose.
- Provide a new blanket to the Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF).
- Put together a care package for a deployed soldier.
- Check with the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home to see what donations they need.
- Take a name from the Christmas angel tree.
Make a Gingerbread Something and Decorate It
When my daughters were little, Lauren especially loved to make gingerbread houses with her step-father. I felt like that was an activity they shared together so never really got involved. Here I am at 61, hoping to make and decorate my first gingerbread house, or, at the very least, gingerbread man.
Read Christmas Stories to Lucia and Cadence
I have several favorite Christmas picture books but would like to build on my personal holiday library. Maybe I will video record myself reading a book or two so the girls will have it to share with their children someday.
Put Together a Cocoa Bar
Last year, I bought some really cute cocoa bar decorations on sale as the season for hot chocolate came to a close. I stored them away with my Christmas stuff but want to set up a cocoa bar and use them this year. I have a delicious Mexican hot chocolate recipe, here. Thinking I could make a crock pot of cocoa and then have all kinds of goodies to add to it, toppings, etc. And maybe bake goodies to serve with the hot chocolate.
Find a Christmas Ornament to Represent This Year
Whew, what a year it has been! Thinking maybe I can find a whirling dervish or a tornado ornament to represent the turmoil! Stay tuned.
Give Our Christmas Decorations Some New Life
We would like to try something new outside in the yard. Maybe our first inflatable? Inside, I would like to add gingerbread men and more snow flakes, snowmen or as Lucia says, “snow-mams.”
Now to take my vitamins, eat my spinach and make this list happen! Wish me luck.
What activities made your 2019 mini-Christmas bucket list? Are you trying 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 plans in a comment. Then come back on 12.21.2019 to see how I’ve fared and to share your accomplishments.
Off to bed. We were awakened by a mean ole thunderstorm last night that we thought blew up our pool equipment but, hallelujah, it came back on this morning. Hoping for a good night’s sleep tonight.
Hugs and kisses,