How to Write a Christmas and New Year Bucket List

How to Write a Family Christmas and New Years Bucket List

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. Particularly when they start to understand and feel the magic of Christmas for themselves.

We had such a wonderful Christmas last year even though the little lady was only two because she had to understand what all the fuss was about. Now that we have the little guy too we’re looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas as a family of four. So I just had to go ahead and write a Christmas and New Year bucket list. Although I am being realistic about what Christmas with little ones can be like. That said, I am hoping that it will be even better than it was last year!

Writing a Family Christmas and New Years Bucket List - Christmas organiser and pen

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 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. It’s a must have for anyone like me that loves Christmas, planning and writing lists. Its been perfect for inspiring this festive Christmas and New Year 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, 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 in the UK or abroad.

3. Make a gingerbread house.

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, something that has become one of our family traditions.

8. Visit Father Christmas.

9. Buy Christmas jumpers.

10. Spend an evening perfectly wrapping Christmas presents with a little tipple and some Christmas music.

11. Pick out a Christmas tree.

12. Go to a church’s Christmas Eve service.

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.

That’s our festive bucket list for Christmas and New Year. What’s on yours?!

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. November 8, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I LOVE Christmas! It is my favourite time of year and I start to get excited so early, I struggle to contain myself sometimes. I love your list, so many things on it that we are planning to do too! I actually looked at doing Hogmanay in Edinburgh this year as I always said we go to to celebrate our 10 year anniversary (we became “official” on New Years Eve ten years ago this year!) but it hasn’t worked out for us unfortunately – maybe next year! I’d also like to do a Christmas market next year when Alfie is a little older. Now off in search of that Christmas organiser – it’s fab!
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  2. November 8, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Great list. A friend introduced me to Hygge recently so I’ll be reading more in the new year. A Danish Christmas Market would be FABULOUS!!! You might be interested in the post I’ve linked to here (it’s not my Twinkly Tuesday one–that’s the Handmade Christmas Crochet one. This one has great ideas for Christmas Eve including personalized pajamas, etc. I’ll DEFINITELY be back to read more of you blog!

  3. November 8, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Um, Kikki K is Australian, and founded by a Swede, not a Dane. Otherwise, great post and love your blog!

  4. November 10, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Ooh it sounds like you’ve got a fab Christmas lined up! I (slightly) ashamed to admit that we’ve already made a gingerbread house this year – we were all really ill with the flu a couple of weeks back and the kids were miserable because they were stuck in the house. So I got out the kit and we made it. I’ll have to get a new one in time for Christmas!

    I’ve never been to Copenhagen – I bet that’s amazing! #BrillBlogPosts
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  5. November 10, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    A great list. My fav is no 10 – wrapping pressies with a little tipple lol.

  6. November 13, 2016 / 4:59 am

    Some lovely ideas here! We’ll probably do a gingerbread house too – even though last year half of it got eaten before fully assembled! x

  7. November 13, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    This is making me get really excited! We get our girlie new pjs and a Christmas jumper and the books are coming out soon! I know we will be putting the tree up as soon as its Dec 1st!! Eeeek! Hope you have a great time prepping and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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  8. November 14, 2016 / 7:03 am

    I love christmas. At the end of every year i think of about a million thing i wish we’d done, so this is a great idea! #marvmondays
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  9. November 14, 2016 / 7:17 am

    Eeeek this made me feel so Christmassy Emily. You guys sound like you have some amazing things planned for a fabulous festive time.

    Emily – / #marvmondays

  10. November 14, 2016 / 7:17 am

    Eeeek this made me feel so Christmassy Emily. You guys sound like you have some amazing things planned for a fabulous festive time.

    Emily – / #marvmondays

  11. November 14, 2016 / 7:49 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I love Christmas, I love organising and now I just want to go and write my very own Christmas bucket list! I too would love to go to Copenhagen – it’s meant to be beautiful. Great post xxx #MarvMondays
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  12. November 14, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    On my bucket list: get through it with my sanity in tact! I also love Christmas, but it’s been quite stressful for the past couple of years. This year I am determined that it is going to be fabulous once again and your post was exactly what I needed to set me off on the right path. Thank you for such a lovely, positive post. Alison x #MarvMondays
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  13. November 14, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I’m usually a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Christmas and don’t even want to hear about it until December. This year I and so excited already though. Probably necause I have been saving all year and have just completed my Christmas shopping including buying the wrapping paper and alcohol lol. I must admit I’m not looking forward to wrapping all the resents but I am looking forward to that glass of baileys while doing so 😉
    Thanks for hosting #marvmondays

  14. November 14, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Wow I would love to visit Edinburgh for Hogmany! It’s such a stunning city and I’ve heard that the celebrations are incredible. It sounds like you have a wonderful Christmas planned. I adore this time of year and your list has definitely got me in the spirit! #MarvMondays

  15. November 14, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I love Christmas too. I agree with you that now Halloween and everything is over with we can really start preparing for the big day. My daughyer is only 2 so she doesn’t quite understand the whole Christmas thing yet but I am still looking forward to seeing her little face on Christmas day. My niece is 3 and definitely understands what Christmas is this year. She is very excited. It’s so cute.
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  16. November 14, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I love this list, it a great way to remember to do all the fun things that come with the holidays that so often get lost in this busy time of year! #MarvMondays

  17. November 14, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    Ooh so many amazing things on your bucket list! I wasn’t to steal your whole list and yet I know I wouldn’t get round to doing even half! I would love to go to a European Christmas market, the girls and I have been discussing it for next year, a weekend away without the children – woohoo!! I love Christmas and am super excited to start preparing. It really isn’t far off! #MarvMondays
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  18. November 14, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    There are some lovely ideas here, we go to winter wonderland every year and this year will be the first with Ben which I am so excited for! #marvmondays

  19. November 14, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I love bucket lists! Some really fun Christmassy ideas 🙂 I’m a big lover of family traditions too and it’s also our first year of a family of four #MarvMondays
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  20. November 14, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    I can’t wait for our first Christmas with our little guy even though he won’t know a thing about it! Michael Buble will also be on repeat in our household too! #marvmondays
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  21. November 14, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Reading this post is almost like I could have wrote it, I was born on Christmas Day and I definitely think being a December baby makes you more of a winter person. My little girl is two and is so excited for Christmas, she is obsessed with Father Christmas at the moment which is so cute and we will have a newborn baby too so I’m being mega organised this year. I love the sound of your bucket list, a lot of your family traditions sound just like ours and I may have to add the Christmas jumper part. I hope you get to visit Copenhagen and Hogmanay and have an amazing time! x #MarvMondays

  22. November 14, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    That organiser looks lush! Who doesn’t love a list?! #marvmondays

  23. November 14, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    You sound amazingly organised!! I would love to visit a Christmas market although I think this year it will be one in the UK. I really like that you have built in family traditions we have many the same as you. This year I’ve brought daddy elf, mummy elf and little elf pjs!! Lol. Stopping by from #dreamteam xx
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  24. November 15, 2016 / 4:29 am

    I am seriously Kikki k obsessed, my home is full of it! I also have there Christmas cards, wrapping, gift bags and tags, LOVE them! #MarvMondays
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  25. November 15, 2016 / 4:29 am

    I am seriously Kikki k obsessed, my home is full of it! I also have there Christmas cards, wrapping, gift bags and tags, LOVE them! #MarvMondays
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  26. November 15, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Oh I love Christmas too, what a fab bucket list! I would love to visit Copenhagen. Christmas presents with a little tipple is the best way to wrap too, or it just gets too stressful haha! #MarvMondays
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  27. November 15, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    How organised. I keep meaning to start plannig our December but never seem to get round to it. I’d love to visit Copenhagen. #marvellousmondays
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  28. November 15, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Oh lovely and how magical to be able to get to Copenhagen. I hope it is everything you wish it to be. I’ve got our own plan for this Christmas and New Year – not quite as exciting as a trip abroad though!
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  29. November 15, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I love this idea. Sadly my hubby will be away from start of Dec to Feb so we are avoiding all talk of Christmas for now as it upsets him being away from the kids this time of year
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  30. November 15, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    I really want to go to Copenhagen too. We were just about to go and then my brother (who lived there at the time) moved back home 🙁 I’ve heard that it’s so kid friendly. Loving the Christmas list, it has really got me in the mood reading it, and started my Christmas shopping. Claire x #MarvMondays
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  31. November 16, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Ooh such a Christmassy post I love it! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  32. November 16, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Brilliant list, Copenhagen is fab, but blooming cold in December, but gorgeous, I’m exploring Hygge too, I want to bunker down and get cosy this year. I love Christmas films, adore the Wizard of Oz, A Wonderful Life, Elf, Home Alone and the Grinch for the kids – roll on December – I simply can’t wait! #MarvMondays
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  33. November 16, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    YAY CHRISTMAS! So exciting you get to visit Copenhagen, are you going to be visiting Tivoli Gardens? I hear that’s super christmasssy.

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  34. November 17, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Ooh I want t o go to Copenhagen. I look forward to reading the post about that. You have lots of very fun Christmas activities here I think I’d like to do most of them too, especially wrapping presents with a tipple and the fire on. It’s so picturesque, Christmassy and gets me all excited about the kid she on Christmas morning. Enjoy your list hope you get to do them all xx #marvmondays
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  35. November 17, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    Great list , you have made me want to write one too. Really looking forward to the Xmas period this year #TheListLinky

  36. November 18, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Ohhh this makes me look forward to Christmas! Lots of lovely things on that bucket list. I’ve just bought my 2 matching pj’s and can’t wait to see them wearing them! Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays
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  37. November 18, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    What a fab list! I’d love to visit Copenhagen – I love a good Christmas market! I buy the children and James pyjamas every year.. everyone needs to wake up in new pjs haha! #MarvMondays
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  38. November 20, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I love lists like this. You have some wonderful things planned. Mr H and I went to Copenhagen years ago before babies came along. It is such a beautiful city and has a very relaxed pace of life. We loved it. I can’t wait to read all about your trip there. I must have been living on another planet because I have completely missed all things Hygge. But I think it sounds like something I would love. Hugs Lucy xxxx #MarvMondays – sorry that it has taken me so long to comment lovely. Bloomin’ migraines.
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