A Different Kind of Christmas To-Do List


At Christmas time we all have our crazy to-do lists: put up lights, buy gifts, wrap gifts, clean the house for company, etc. It's busy and crazy and no one has a minute to breathe. But despite all of that, I know that this is going to be Violet's first Christmas where she really 'gets it' and I want to make sure it's special. So I decided to come up with a different kind of to-do list. One full of fun and festive things to do with my little girl before the season ends. Here's what I've come up with so far:

1. Bake Christmas cookies
2. Make a gingerbread house
3. Go see a fantastic Christmas light display
4. Take a photo with Santa
5. Watch classic Christmas movies as a family (The Grinch, Charlie Brown, Rudolph)
6. Go to the Winter Festival
7. Take a train ride
8. Make our own gift wrap
9. Leave cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer
10. Hang ornaments together
11. Make a personalized ornament for Violet
12. Make a hand wreath
13. See a fantastic nativity display or a live nativity
14. See Christmas carolers

We're already on our way - we may not be Martha Stewart by any stretch of the imagination, but the cookies (above) that we made together tasted pretty yummy! What fun things do you plan to do with your little one this holiday season? I'd love some ideas! xo, Lauren


  1. Skating is on our list. And she love baking, we have more cookies to make. And decorating and getting the tree.

  2. I'm with you on this Lauren in a big way. We don't have our tree yet and it doesn't bother me one bit. We've had so much fun looking at lights, seeing Santa in town, and doing all sorts of fun holiday things. I've got a list of other things that I'd still like to do with Sheila - like baking, a gingerbread house, etc. That is the stuff that we remember.

  3. Love this post! I've been trying to find the time to make an advent calendar that includes lots of fun holiday activities (darn you, pinterest). This is just the reminder that I needed -- that time could be better spent simply DOing the things that I was going to include in the calendar. I'm off to go write a list and slap it on the fridge (and forget the time consuming advent!). Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I have a similar list, and will be posting it on my blog soon! So many wonderful things to do around the holidays. I love it. :) PS- those cookies are super cute.



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