So it was my birthday yesterday, and I felt like a sack of poo, having to cancel all weekend birthday plans including a night away with Adam. The family lurgy finally caught up with me! Whilst Adam took the
wild newly re-energised children out for the afternoon so I could rest, I decided to sack off all thoughts of birthday (we have rescheduled birthday fun for 2 weeks time!) and devise our family’s festive bucket list for 2014.
Whilst we’ve always had advent calendars and an advent candle, this is the first year that I thought it would be nice to have an advent bucket list. I’d bought some festive numbered clips from ‘Tiger’ (god I love that shop!), and some mini festive envelopes from Amazon, and set about writing a ‘festive-thing-to-do-a-day’ in each one. These range from big, exciting trips out (which we tend to only tell the children about on the day anyway, otherwise we have days/weeks of “are we going to X today” and it drives everyone mad!), right through to little Christmas rituals that take minimal time and effort. After the all, one of the main points of Christmas is to spend time together as a family and have fun. If we overload ourselves with ‘doing’ and ‘going’ too much, it makes for a stressful time. Just sitting down together and reading Christmas stories, or watching Christmas films, is just perfect!
I’ve also included an ‘activity’ which is all about giving, and that’s donating Christmas treats to a local food bank. Freddie and Sasha are still a bit young to ‘get’ donating old toys (I will happily do this on their behalf! 😉 ), I thought this was something age appropriate that Freddie in particular could understand, about helping others who have nothing, to have a nicer Christmas. As the children get older, then it would be nice to make a few more of these about giving something back whilst still enjoying the festive season.
Here is our festive bucket list, in no particular order…
- Go and pick out a tree decoration and go ice skating at the local garden centre.
- Have a Christmas dance party.
- Decorate the Christmas cake.
- Put up the tree.
- Decorate a Gingerbread house.
- Have a Christmas craft day.
- Make Christmas cards from the children for family members.
- Go to the under-5’s Panto in Wimbledon.
- Watch Freddie take part in his preschool nativity play.
- Make more mince pies.
- Go and visit the local Christmas lights charity display.
- Have a Christmas film afternoon/evening.
- Take each child to go and pick out a present for their sibling.
- Visit Father Christmas in his grotto.
- Have Christmas cream tea at the Ritz (this is for moi!)
- Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde park.
- Make Snowman hot chocolate and use our chocolate spoons.
- Make Reindeer food.
- Watch The Nutcracker.
- Decorate Christmas biscuits
- Host a Christmas party.
- Donate Christmas food treats to a food bank.
- Read a Christmas book a day.
- Go to a church nativity service.
What are your festive plans this year? I’d love to hear!
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