Our Christmas Bucket List-- How We Did

It's a bit weird to be wrapping up our Christmas bucket list before Christmas has officially arrived but I plan on taking some time off from blogging and wanted to make sure I wrapped everything up before I did since I'll be sharing my winter bucket list when I come back.




1.  Tour another one of the Newport mansions and see all the Christmas decorations-- Check!  We went to the Breakers mansion this time.  You can read all about the decorations here.





2.  Decorate the house-- Check!  You can see our home tour here.




3.  Bake Christmas cookies-- Check!  You can find our recipe for upside down Buckeye cookies here.  We also made a Yule Log.



4.  Make a few fun crafts-- Check!  I made some fun crafts anyway.  The boys weren't very interested in crafting this year.  You can find directions for the shadow box here.



5.  See some holiday lights-- Check!  While we never went out with the intention of just driving around to see Christmas lights we spent a lot of time in the car after dark and saw quite a few really nice displays!

6.  Watch Christmas movies as a family-- Check! We watched Elf, the younger boys, my husband and I watched the newest Grinch movie, Ian and I watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and Evan and I watched Christmas With the Kranks. 





7.  Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa-- Check! 

8.  Get a fire going in the fireplace-- Check! 


Snuggled under the blanket with a fire going watching Elf


9.  Put together a family puzzle-- Check!  We just finished it on Saturday.  It's such a pretty puzzle.




10.  See a holiday play or production-- Check! Alec and I went to see some friends of our perform in a Christmas Concert.  It was wonderful.


11.  Attend a holiday party or two-- Check! We kicked off the holiday season with a family party this weekend at my in-law's house.



12.  Make a gingerbread house together-- Check! We actually ended up decorating two as Alec and Ian each had their own.


I think this is one of the few times we managed to get everything on our list done!  I think short and sweet is the way to go; plus only having a month to do it all in really helped keep me focused.

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I loved reading about your Christmas Bucket List...I accomplished all on your list but 2 without even trying so that made me happy!! LOL!! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  2. Wow! You made it through your whole list and did some great stuff. I am impressed.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  3. It makes My heart happy that you were able Check all of these off your list. I happen to think it’s the perfect Christmas bucket list and wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and blessings in 2020

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    1. Thank you! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas as well.

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  4. You guys really got a lot of festive activities done! I'm impressed! I may need to steal this idea next year!

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  5. You did great on your list!! So much fun for December! Merry Christmas!

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  6. You guys smoked this list!! Wow, wow, wow!! So proud of you. I can't wait to make the gingerbread houses. I think it will be great fun. One daughter is married to a sweet guy from Afghanistan and the other daughter is married to a sweet guy from Mexico. I don't think gingerbread houses are something they will have done before. Heck, I am true blue all-American and I haven't made one. Should be a good time!!!

    Wish you lived next door and we could work jigsaw puzzles together. I threw my winter one out. Had put it in a puzzle roll to keep it in place but some of the pieces fell out and I am sure we lost some. My Prince C. refuses to work one with me. But my girls are coming home for the holidays...maybe now is the time to get a new one and have them help.

    Love the buckeyes. Had planned to make the traditional ones but might try your recipe instead.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. That will be so fun decorating houses with so many other cultures involve with you! What a great tradition to start.

      My oldest son is the only one who will work on a puzzle with me; I did throw away our puzzle from the fall as it had really odd shaped pieces and after working on it for over a month we had hardly any of it put together, but this one was perfect.

      Merry Christmas!

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  7. Congrats on checking off everything on your list, and making lots of memories along the way! Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season!

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  8. You did a great job on your Bucket List!!!

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  9. wow! look at you! how exciting to check, check, check off that list!
    so much fun packed into just a few weeks!
    I had to take a second look at that puzzle, we are in the midst of one right now that looks very similar. And it's a hard one too! My hope is to finish it before New Years Day!

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    1. All those shades of snow/ blue started to look alike after just a few a sittings. Best of luck finishing your puzzle.

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