Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. I don’t know whether it has something to do with being a December baby, but I love it. There is just something so magical about it, especially when you have little ones of your own and they hit those golden years when they start to understand and feel the magic of Christmas for themselves. We had such a wonderful Christmas last year because even though the little lady was only two, she had a fairly good grasp of Christmas which made it such a lovely day for all of us. This year she definitely knows what Christmas is all about and has been talking about it since October. Now that we have the little guy too, we’re looking forward to celebrating our very first Christmas as a family of four, and although I am being realistic about what Christmas with little ones can be like, I am hoping that it will be even better than it was last year!
I love to get into the festive spirit as early as possible, and now that things like half term and Halloween are out of the way I feel like I can start getting organised and planning all things Christmas. A couple of weekends ago I found this amazing little Christmas Organiser from my favourite Danish stationery shop Kikki K which is a must have for anyone like me that loves Christmas, loves planning and loves writing lists. Its been perfect for kick starting Christmas and inspiring this festive Christmas and New Years bucket list.
Writing bucket lists is something that I enjoy doing as not only does it inspire us as a family to do more together, but motivates us to actually do the things on them that we say we’re going to do. So here are the things that we’re hoping to do over December and January for anyone that would love to read what we’re hopefully going to be up to, or is looking for some inspiration for their own bucket list!
1.Visit Copenhagen, home of Hygge and beautiful Christmas markets.
2. Visit a Christmas market, preferably in Copenhagen – see point 1.
3. Make a gingerbread house with the little lady.
4. Stock our Christmas bookcase with Christmas stories old and new.
5. Watch Christmas films.
6. Listen to Classical FM and Michael Buble Christmas albums on repeat, non stop throughout December.
7. Buy new Christmas pyjamas which has become one of our own family traditions.
8. Visit Father Christmas.
9. Buy Christmas jumpers for the little ones.
10. Spend an evening wrapping Christmas presents with a little tipple and some Christmas music.
11. Pick out our Christmas tree. Again one of the family Christmas traditions that we have created for our little family.
12. Go to our church’s Christmas eve service. Another one of our family Christmas traditions, although since the little ones have come along I tend to go on my own or with my father in law as it’s too late for the little ones.
13. Go to Hogmanay in Edinburgh. Something that I have wanted to do for years and have already started looking into as you have to be so organised and all the best places to stay get snapped up quickly. I’d love to make a real weekend of it and have found a few family friendly IHG hotels in Edinburgh that look perfect for us.
So that’s our festive bucket list for Christmas and New Year. I’d love to know whats on yours!
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.