Since this is the first Sunday in an entire year that I haven’t drawn a resolution from the jar, I figured I would update you on one of my past resolutions. Maybe you remember Week 45 where I decided to create a new holiday tradition and made us a bucket list of 24 things to complete before Christmas.
And here’s what it looks like now that Christmas is over:
We did pretty well! The only item not checked off is “Play in the Snow” and I would love to say that it hasn’t snowed here yet, so we couldn’t complete this one, but that’s not entirely true. It’s snowed a few times, but we’re (I’m) just too old and lazy to get all bundled up in snow gear only to go outside and throw a few snowballs and freeze. Plus, all that laundry when you come back inside. Ugh. We do have snow tubes that I want to use if there is a more significant amount of snow, but until we have kids, I think our snow angel days are on hiatus.
Here’s what we did for the rest of the things on our list:
Watch a Christmas Movie – I made Dan watch It’s a Wonderful Life because he had never seen it before. It’s definitely dated and a bit cheesy, but it’s such a good movie with a nice Christmas seasony message.
Create a Holiday Drink – We did this one twice! Er…two nights in a row. We made Christmas Cookies and Candy Canes.
Take a Holiday Photo – This was actually taken while we were accomplishing one of the other items on our list. Yay multitasking.
Drive Around Looking at Lights – The house in the photo above goes crazy with their Christmas decorations (and electric bill) every year. We drove around the neighborhood and checked out some of the other light displays, too.
Bake Cookies – I can’t even tell you how many times I baked cookies in the last three weeks. Multiply that by a lot and that’s how many of them I ate. Someone has to do quality control.
Make a Christmas Craft – I found this wreath project on Pinterest and I love how it came out. It’s so easy, but so pretty!!
Listen to Christmas Music – Pretty much every day.
Donate a Gift – I brought a board game to a work function for Toys for Tots.
Put up New Decorations – Dollar store for life!
Drink Egg Nog – I don’t like the regular flavor, but I could drink the vanilla one for days. I wish it wasn’t just a seasonal thing. Can someone petition this?
Give a Secret Gift – This one wasn’t entirely secret because Barnes & Noble wasn’t letting me send a book as a gift, so my name showed up on the packing slip. I think it was still a surprise though!
Do a Christmas Activity – We jumped the gun a bit on this one because we went to the Enchanted Village on November 30th. But at that time, it must have been December somewhere? We also went to a tree-lighting ceremony a week later, so we didn’t break the rules entirely.
Wear Holiday Jewelry, Nails, or Clothing – Did all three. BAM!
Play a Christmas Game – Technically this didn’t happen until Christmas night, but I see no reason why that shouldn’t still qualify.
Read a Christmas Story – I downloaded a short story collection from Kindle and I actually really enjoyed these. They’re not very modern, but the old feel to them makes it more authentic and nostalgic I think. Check them out.
Enjoy Christmas-Scented Things – Oh, I did. Winter Candy Apple, Christmas Cookie, Peppermint everything.
Watch a Christmas Special – We watched the Saturday Night Live Christmas Special and I found TLC’s Extreme Christmas Trees on Netflix. Obviously I liked the tree made of cake the best.
Drink Hot Chocolate – Spiked, unspiked, made at home, bought from Starbucks, we did it all. But mostly spiked.
Send Christmas Cards – Done.
Enjoy a Christmas Treat – We’ve had a candy dish full of peppermint bells and I bought Dan some gingerbread cookies. I’m not even going to make a joke about gingerbread for the ginger because he won’t like it.
Send a Card to a Soldier – Someone posted this story on Facebook so I mailed him a card. His birthday was on Christmas!
Wrap Gifts – Ok, this one was kind of a free pass. Obviously I wrapped gifts.
Attend a Holiday Craft Fair – My mom and I attended one in November, but Dan and I found another one a few weeks later. We didn’t buy anything at the one in December, but it was part of a nice day of shopping, eating, and people-watching.
That’s it!! I can totally tell you that this was a complete success (even without playing in the snow) and I will definitely be doing it again. It made the holiday season about more than just last-minute shopping and chaos, and I really enjoyed doing these. I think this is going to be my new “advent calendar” for years to come!