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Christmas Bucket List with Free Printable Checklist

There are so many ways to celebrate the Christmas season but this Christmas bucket list is filled with what I believe to be must dos to celebrate this year.

This post is all about a Christmas bucket list to make this Christmas season the best yet! 

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Christmas Bucket List

I personally love every moment of the holiday season but I definitely have a few favorite things to do each year! I’ve compiled all those things into one Christmas bucket list so that you can have the best Christmas yet! 

Get in Touch with Your Creative Side

Make a Gingerbread House

No Christmas bucket list is complete without a gingerbread house! Whether you buy a kit or make your gingerbread house from scratch, be sure to take pictures and eat a few pieces of candy along the way! 

Make Your Own Ugly Sweaters

With some pompoms, glitter, felt, and glue you can make your own incredibly ugly sweaters! Grab an old sweater from your closet or pick one up at a thrift store and get to work! 

Decorate the Tree Together

Letting your kids help decorate the tree will create so many family memories and make you smile each time you look at it. It may not look perfect, but you’ll have a whole lot of fun doing it. If you have really young kids, make sure to check out my article on, “14 Ways to Have a Toddler Proof Christmas Tree.” 

Create Your Own Ornaments

There are tons of options to make your own Christmas ornaments. You can use beads and pipe cleaners, melted perler beads, styrofoam balls and sequins, or get really fancy with a Treemendous tree ornament kit

Make Paper SnowFlakes to Hang through the House

Paper snowflakes are an easy Christmas craft that can decorate any part of your home, from the ceilings to the walls to the Christmas tree itself. 

Write a Letter to Santa

A letter to Santa is a must for a complete Christmas bucket list. Don’t forget to send them early though to make sure they get to the North Pole before Christmas! 

Send Homemade Christmas Cards

Making homemade Christmas cards for soldiers or an elderly home near you is a great way to get your kids in the Christmas spirit and in the spirit of giving! 

Get Some Fresh Air

Build a Snowman

Do you want to build a snowman? Well of course you do! To make things even more fun, try using a snowman decorating kit!  We love playing with ours! But even if you don’t have snow where you live, humor your kids with a clay snowman or two! This clay snowman kit is perfect if you live in the south and don’t get much snow! 

Go Sledding

If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with enough snow for sledding, make sure to get out there and enjoy it! All you need is a few cheap dollar store sleds and some hot cocoa for afterwards! 

Have a Snowball Fight

If you don’t have enough snow where you live to have a real snowball fight, create your own inside with some wadded up paper balls! 

Get in the Kitchen

Decorate Christmas Cookies

Decorating Christmas cookies is a great well to celebrate the Christmas season while also getting a good sugar rush at the same time. 

Make Fancy Hot Cocoas

Hot cocoa is a staple of a successful Christmas season. For even more fun, grab some whipped cream, sprinkles, caramel drizzle, chocolate syrup, etc.!

Get in the Spirit of Giving

Have a Gift Exchange

A gift exchange is a great option for families with lots of kiddos. Instead of having your children shop for all the other kids in the family, have them shop for just one. Create a secret Santa gift exchange among the siblings and let each child take a special shopping trip to buy for their specific sibling. This is a great way to remind your kids that the holiday isn’t all about them and let them experience the joy that comes with giving someone else something they love. But if you decide not to do a gift exchange among your kids, you can also collaborate with other moms and create one among their close friends too! 

Donate Old Toys

The surge of toys at Christmas often requires a purge of old toys to make room. There’s no better way to do this than teaching your kids how to donate to kids in need. Put out a basket under your Christmas tree and have your children fill it with toys they no longer use to be donated prior to Christmas. 

Shop for Operation Christmas Child or Angel Tree

Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, and Toys for Tots are just a few toy drives at Christmas that you can donate to. Shopping for others less fortunate can remind your kids of the real reason for Christmas and remind them to be grateful. 

Create New Traditions

Take an Annual Family Photo

An annual family photo makes a great keepsake that will be hilarious to look back on in years to come. To make it even better, try posing in the same position with everyone each year! 

Watch a Christmas Movie as a Family

While at least one Christmas movie is mandatory, ideally you’ll be watching Christmas movie marathons all month long! 

Camp Out Under the Tree

For many people, camping out under the tree is a Christmas Eve tradition. You can also choose to do this on the day you get your tree or Christmas day itself! 

Have a Christmas Music Dance Party

Christmas music is the glue that holds the Christmas festivities together! Find a fun Christmas playlist on Spotify and start dancing off the dozens of cookies that will be coming your way soon enough! Your kids will have a blast! 

Go for a Drive to See Christmas Lights

Find a Christmas light show or simply drive around your neighborhood to see all the Christmas lights. Bring cookies and hot chocolate along for bonus points! 

This post was all about 20 Christmas bucket list items that I believe will help you enjoy the Christmas season a little extra this year! You can print a copy of this checklist by clicking here! And don’t forget to check out all the other freebies on my free printables page! Merry Christmas from our family to yours! 

-Beautifully Busy Mom

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