The holiday season is filled with magic, especially when you incorporate your traditions. There are so many things I love to do during Christmas that it is pretty hard to keep track of it all. I loved my Halloween Bucket List so much that I decided I definitely needed one for Christmas too! Here is my Christmas bucket list with items you will love to do with your family all month long.

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Family Christmas Bucket List

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Family Christmas Bucket List

  • Hunt for the perfect tree – we used to be real tree people but I have totally moved over the fake tree side and I am not mad about it one bit. I do miss picking our tree each year but we just make a visit to the farm instead and the girls are just as happy.
  • Kiss under the mistletoe – I can never get too many little kisses from my sweet girls…or my hubby!
  • Eat a candy cane – This one should be pretty easy to check off your list, especially if you visit Santa at the mall.
  • Donate toys to kids in need – Here’s something we do all year long, but makes for a special tradition at Christmas time.
  • Sing Christmas Carols – While our neighborhood doesn’t really do this, it’s something we are going to try this year.
  • Hang Twinkle Lights – We have so many strands of twinkle lights that we put around the house. Each one brings joy!
  • Bake Cookies – Another great way to do this is to have all of your friends bring over a dozen and have a contest.
  • Wear Christmas Jammies – This is something that I will continue to do every Christmas that everyone’s willing.
  • Make Paper Snowflakes – Such an easy and simple craft that is always so much fun to do together.
  • Decorate the Tree – This one sometimes gets done in our house before December.
  • Christmas Shopping – Time shopping without the kids is necessary and therapeutic. Check out this Non-Toy Gift Guide.
  • Wrap Presents – If you have the right tools, Christmas Gift Wrapping can be lots of fun.
  • Send a Homemade Christmas Card – Just letting someone know that you took the extra time on their card is special.
  • Write a Letter to Santa – This one goes for the adults too. Putting our dreams on paper gives us all hope.
  • Build a Snowman – Although a but easier in the Northern states, still fun to do with synthetic snow.
  • Drink Hot Cocoa – Even if you live somewhere warm, this one seems to brighten the spirits.
  • Make an Ornament – There’s lots of ways to do this one, just be sure to do it together as a family.
  • Read a Christmas Book – One of our favorite things to do almost every night in December.
  • Driving for Christmas Lights – This is another one of our favorite things to do! We love to dress in our pjs, pack some popcorn, and drive through neighborhoods. (My husband has the 1-5 honk scoring method for how much we like the lights and the girls get a kick out of it!)
  • Random Acts of Kindness – Something that we try to make time for all year round, but especially during Christmas.
  • Wish a Stranger a Merry Christmas – Goes hand in hand with acts of kindness, but keeping it simple.
  • Build a Gingerbread House – Not only build one, but have a friendly competition around it.
  • Visit Santa – While visiting Santa at the Mall is the most common, there are some amazing Santa’s at theme parks.
  • Go Ice Skating – Find your local ice skating rink, make sure to stretch out, and have an awesome time.
  • Watch a Christmas Movie – This time, challenge yourselves to watch a Christmas movie you’ve never seen.
  • Hang Stockings – Make this an event with fun music and cookies!
  • Take a Family Christmas photo – Doing this somewhere new each year is a fun tradition.
  • Wear a Christmas Sweater – Whether its an ugly one or your favorite comfy one, just wear it!
  • Listen to Christmas Music – Make sure you listen to the classics like White Christmas by Bing Crosby.
  • Snuggle by the Fire – If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, use it to
  • Give a Gift to a Stranger – Ready to take the act of kindness to another level, bless someone with a gift this season.

I hope this Christmas Bucket List gives you some ideas that bring you so much joy and memories this year!

Christmas bucket list with Santa

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What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

If you enjoyed this list, try some of my gift guides:

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Gift Guide for 5 Year Old Boys

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