Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Bucket List


... cause it's the most wonderful time of the year!

And also the fastest time of the year.  These next few weeks will fly by and it'll be 2016 before we know it (nuts) so I really want to be mindful of the things I want to do during the holidays.  I mean there are only 34 days til Christmas ;)  Here's what's on our agenda--

Have a sleepover in front of the fireplace
We did this last year after we painted our bedroom and it was my favorite thing ever.  Just look at this picture! Brady was so sweet and tiny! 

Christmas cookie baking day
Only the best day of the year!  I'll be sharing my four recipes I make every year next month.

Lunch at the Walnut Room in Chicago
This was a tradition we started with my family when we lived in Chicago and we're heading back to the city in a couple of weekends to continue it :)   

Pack Thanksgiving boxes with the Salvation Army
Doing this on Monday with the Junior League!

Attend a Christmas Eve church service
Probably my favorite holiday tradition.  We'll be spending Christmas with Nick's family this year so we'll have to find a church to go to on that side of the state!

Host a dinner with friends
We did this in the spring and it was so much fun that it's time to do it again.

Watch White Christmas and all of the beloved Christmas movies :)

Decorate the outside of our house
Or Nick will be doing that one...

Enjoy and really soak up the holiday season - try and not get caught up in the stress, money, time, travel nonsense.  That would probably mean NOT saving my Christmas shopping/wrapping for the week of (like usual), haha.

What's on your holiday bucket list?  We'll be getting the fun kicked off this weekend with a holiday farmers market and Christmas tree lighting on Saturday... oh, and the 6 inches of snow we're supposed to get!  Tis the season!

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35 comments

  1. Tis the season indeed!! Love going to tree lightings! They are so fun. We are going to one this Saturday as well!! Happy Friday!

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  2. What a great list, lady! Packing boxes with the JL is such a great way to give back and I LOVE a good Christmas Eve service. It doesn't feel like Christmas without one! Have a great weekend!

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  3. I wrote out my Christmas To Do yesterday and I already got so excited :) Best time of the year! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I love the idea of having a sleepover in front of your fireplace! Sounds really romantic :) Loving your list--I need to make my own soon!

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  5. Aww I love everything on your list - especially the things that are traditions or that you're making into traditions! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. I can't wait to see what your four cookie recipes are! I'm always on the hunt for new cookies to whip up over the holidays! We're planning to go check out the lights this weekend & I am so looking forward to it! xo

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  7. love love love this. I'm going to start my decorating next week -- I hate how quickly this time of year flys by!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  8. This is a good list! I think the only thing I'll add is driving around looking at lights and going downtown to look at the monuments and national Christmas tree at the White House.

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  9. I loved your sleepover! Those pictures were adorable! There's a couples gingerbread house class at the Crescent hotel that I want to try and do this year! I don't know how Tom will feel about that one though, lol...

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  10. Pretty much everything listed above is everything I want to do... and you are so right... the last month of the year flies by so fast!

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  11. Aw I love the idea of a sleepover in front of the fireplace!! You've got some great ideas! I need to write mine down so that I don't forget all the things we want to do

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  12. Love these! I did a post about ours as well. Just fun to set some things to look forward to in all the madness of the holidays. My husband's work schedule gets harder this time of year so fingers crossed we get to actually do some of ours. The fireplace slumber party is my favorite, how precious!!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  13. I can't wait to watch all the holiday movies and specials! And still loving that pic of Brady-Boy in front of the fireplace for your sleepover. We totally need to steal that idea this year and have a sleepover with Roxy in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree <3

    Green Fashionista

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  14. This all just SCREAMS the holidays! :)
    I found a church we're visiting is having a Christmas carol singing service in 2 weeks _ i want to do that. Loving singing Christmas songs!

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  15. I always do lots of donations right around this time of year as well as volunteering. Definitely another way to be thankful and give back :-) I love that first picture!

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  16. ahh SO many fun things!! i need to make a list asap :) i love watching my favorite holiday movies, baking cookies, and decorating the house. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  17. Christmas cookie day sounds like fun! I'm excited to pick out and decorate our tree. :)

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  18. Sounds like you have a lot of fun things planned! Hope you have a great weekend xoxo

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  19. My goal is to actually get and decorate a tree! I was very lazy last year and we just did a small tree but I'd like to get a real one this year!

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  20. Such a good list! I need to make my own. I'm from Chicago and the Walnut Room was a tradition in our family too. I miss it! Take photos when you go so I can live vicariously through you ;)

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  21. I hope the snow isn't too crazy by you girl, we are supposed to get a pretty bad snowfall tonight into tomorrow...not looking forward to it. This is a great list, I love the camping out in front of the fireplace and having a slumber party, such a fun night!!

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  22. So much fun ahead! I'm sure I have planned way too much stuff for the kids (North Pole express, zoo lights, Santa photos, etc) but I can't wait for it all!

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  23. Fun holiday bucket list! :)

    www.eatlovemerry.com

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  24. What a fun list. I totally need to make one as well. Love the holiday season.

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  25. Great list! I love that you've combined things to do with your extended family as well as things for you and Nick to do together. The holidays always fly by so I think it's important to make a to do list ahead of time. My list includes baking and sharing holiday cookies, hot chocolate and looking at Christmas lights, a quick getaway to Chicago to meet up with some friends, pictures with Santa and gingerbread house making. Hope you have a great weekend :)

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  26. So fun y'all are visiting Chicago during the holidays-I can't wait to experience Christmas in the city! Can't wait for your cookie recipes. :)

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  27. We are headed to Chicago in Dec for Christmas fun and someone mentioned that walnut room, and that if we didn't eat there to at least see the tree. Ive never even heard of it!

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  28. What a great list! I'm so excited for all of the Christmas baking and of course, movies!

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  29. Slumbering in front of the fire place is the best idea ever! I think we are going to make that one of our new traditions because it sounds so cozy and amazing!

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  30. I love this holiday bucket list, you seem like a very thoughtful person. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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  31. Oh my goodness, a sleepover in front of the fire sounds HEAVENLY! Do it after cookie day. Cookies is the only thing that could make that better. lol

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  32. I love all of these traditions! Christmas really is the best time of the year! Can't wait for your cookie recipes!! :)

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  33. Our holiday bucket lists are pretty much identical! We are planning to repaint our bedroom (I decided that I don't like the color anymore, typical), so I'm so looking forward to our sleepover in the family room, too! I may or may not watch White Christmas on Thanksgiving when Ryan is at work ... I just can't wait any longer!

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  34. This is the perfect bucket list for the Holidays! A sleepover in the family room sounds wonderful and I love hosting dinner or a festive gathering with friends too! Xo, Stephanie

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  35. I love every one of these! We always say that we're going to do a sleepover with the fireplace, but we haven't yet. One of these days!

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