December 4, 2015

Christmas Bucket List






The holidays are getting away from us.  December is already here and I'm over here like "wasn't it just September?"  Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love the lights, the smells, the warmness in peoples' hearts.  Christmas makes me have the optimism of a child again.  So, in efforts to get the most out of the holiday season I decided to create a small, doable, bucket list of things we can do between now and December 25th to soak it all in!


| 1 |   MUSIC

It has taken me a lot longer than usual to get into listening to Christmas music.  It is one of my favorite things to do while I am working or cooking.  Some of my favorites are:




A Charlie Brown Christmas | Vince Guaraldi Trio
I am partial to Charlie Brown as our wedding ceremony recessional song was Charlie Brown, but every time I hear this album I just want to be sitting at Starbucks with my red cup soaking in the holidays.

White Christmas | Bing Crosby
This man has been a part of my life for...well probably forever.  I melt over his voice and blue eyes.  I have even thought of naming a future boy Crosby.  These songs are iconic to most American households.  The nostalgia and tradition of it all just makes me happy.

The Christmas Song | Nat King Cole

This album has so much Christmas cheer.  Nat King Cole had such a festive voice.  I love The Christmas Song in particular and just want to snuggle up in a chair with a blanket by a fire with some Irish Coffee in my hand.


| 2 | MOVIES

Oh the movies of the season!!  Some of these movies I watch year round.  There is nothing I love more than watching a Christmas movie with nothing on except the Christmas lights around our house.  It makes me feel like I am in the movie.  Here are some of my favorites:


Some other favorites are:
Claymation Christmas Movies | I grew up on these.  My parents raised me on oldies
It's A Wonderful Life | This has become one of my favorites over the last 5 years.  I can't watch it without boohooing.

| 3 |  ACTIVITIES

I really want to take some time with Bubba this year to do a couple of Christmas crafts together.  I want to make memories.  Maybe in the process we will find an activity to make our tradition.  Check out my Pinterest board for some of the ideas I have.




| 4 | FOOD & DRINK

Obviously, food and drink are two of the most important components to a festive holiday season.  I have plans to make North Pole cupcakes and Santa Hat Brownies for various holiday functions coming up.  I have made Grinch Skewers for Bubba's school parties in the past and they are a huge hit.  You can see the pin on my Pinterest board.  This year, I plan to cut rounds of Monterey Jack cheese instead of using banana slices, just so I don't have to worry about browning.  Plus, a little calcium and protein never hurts.
 



| 5 | PRESSURE OFF

You can ask the Hubs...I tend to try so hard to make a picture perfect Christmas that I kind of lose sight of what I was originally trying to do, which is make memories.  Not every night is going to be a Norman Rockwell front page sketch for the Saturday Evening Post.  Heck, not a single night in our house will look like that and that is OK.  We are not some idyllic family, we are us.  Our house is full of love and imperfections and that makes it our perfect family home.  


Happy Friday, y'all!  Spend time this weekend making some holiday memories.  Don't put it off, the season is upon us whether you are ready or not!  

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4 comments:

April Luallen said...

I love how you realize that it's about making memories, imperfections and all! Merry Christmas to y'all!!!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

It's taken me a little bit longer than usual to start listening to Christmas music too. Maybe because it came up so quick, and I wasn't quite ready for this wonderful time of year! LOVE that your wedding song was from Charlie Brown! <3

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Trista @ The Classy Chaos said...

Love all of those movies! I would add to the list, The Holiday! :)) Happy Weekend!

Lr Jamison said...

I think everyone puts stress on themselves around this time of year, but we need to remind ourselves of the true meaning of Christmas. i have my moments when I snag that magazine worthy picture, but most of my pics are simply capturing memories and that's all that matters. Happy Holidays!