Creating a Realistic Christmas Bucket List

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Last year, I created a Christmas bucket list for our family of five. With a 4-year-old, 3-year-old, and 1-year-old, I worked to make sure the list was simple yet meaningful. And worthwhile. My list started out with several memory-making activities that I knew would be a hit. Then we did our first bullet point, and I quickly realized I needed to re-write the list.

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After a bit of brainstorming and eliminating, I narrowed our list down to six activities. And I’m happy to say we completed all six with memories in-hand. And I plan to make a Christmas bucket list this year, as well. Now, I’m sharing five tips to help you make your own family list!

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Keep it simple.

When it comes to small children, everything needs to be simple. Otherwise, “plans” turn into a headache-causing, tantrum-inducing nightmare for everyone. Look for fun—yet easy—activities for all ages.11036581_10153321135538364_4433692039563344044_n

Limit the bullet points.

I stuck to six activities, and that was enough. We completed them each one and had fun. But any more than that would have been too much. Less is more in this case.12376702_10153315096258364_2486446133386990294_n

Cater to everyone.

I picked things that I wanted to do and activities I knew my kids would love to do. By eliminating the things that didn’t quite fit the bill for my kids, we were able to concentrate on the fun, thoughtful, memory-making activities.535235_10153337629383364_779009119562076253_n

Record it!

Take pictures. Journal. Make videos. Use social media. Whatever your jam is, make sure you give this bucket list special attention in your family’s memory. And keep your list too!12369047_10153335295138364_5406794448465182548_n

Think creatively.

I had big intentions of making homemade sugar cookie dough, using our cookie cutters, and decorating them. Then a friend invited us to her family’s cookie decorating party, and I happily switched gears. Less mess for me, and we still found a way to cross something off our bucket list.

Creating a family Christmas bucket list helps beat the no-school boredom that often comes from a holiday break. Plus, it’s a great way to spend quality time with those you love most at this special time of year.

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Originally from Michigan, Grace has called the Nashville area home for the past 14 years. She and her husband had three kids in three years and call their home a crazy town. Before becoming a mom, Grace was a writer and editor for Dave Ramsey. She quit her full-time job to stay home with the kiddos while continuing to teach online college courses. Grace loves attempting to be crafty, photographing her kiddos, and teaching her kids how to love and serve others. She's been homeschooling her kids for a few years and reads aloud to them any chance she gets. Grace and her family love spending time outdoors and trying to teach their kids early on to love hiking and creek exploring.

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