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Holiday Bucket List 2015

Holiday Bucket List 2015

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.                                                                                                                

 ~  Thomas S. Monson

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Christmas Tree Decorating Family Tradition

Welcome to Day One of the 12 Days of Blogmas!  I have joined with several other awesome bloggers to take part in the fun. Today we are talking about Holiday Bucket Lists! I love a good bucket list! Remember my Spring Bucket List and My Fall Bucket List!

Decorate The Tree

1. Decorate the Tree: Our family tradition is to decorate the tree on Thanksgiving night. There is something so bittersweet about taking each beloved ornament out and remembering how we got it and why. Or who made it and when? It’s a trip down memory lane that includes so many Christmas pasts. I adore every second of it.

Send Christmas Cards

2. Write and send Christmas cards: Perhaps it’s become old-fashioned but I like to spend some time with T and my Mom and my Mother In Law writing out our Christmas cards. We still send them snail mail and it feels like the right thing to do. I remember when I was a kid and how we would receive so many cards that the entire arch from the kitchen to the living room would be full of them. Straight across and floor to ceiling. There must have been forty or fifty each year. Each and every one containing a wish that our family might be blessed for Christmas and through the New Year. It’s a tradition I will always carry on. This year I found these beautiful cards from Unicef which are included in my Gifts That Give Back Post. Each purchase gives medicine or supplies to those in need. Besides, could they be more adorable?

Make gingerbread houses together at Christmas!

Gingerbread House

3. Make a Gingerbread House: We have a lot of fun with this one and it is one T really looks forward to. We make some hot cocoa, put in a Christmas movie, and before we know it…  The hard part is waiting to eat it 🙂

Set up the Christmas nativity as a family.

Set Up The Nativity

4. Set Out the Nativity: While it’s important to deck the halls and trim the tree, this is by far the most important display we set out for the season. Each piece was hand-painted by my Momma and they belonged to my grandfather for many, many years!  I remember being a little girl in Maine and watching him place each piece into a lighted display with such care. When he would turn on the spotlight which meant we had reached completion it was even better than when we first plugged in that tree. Now that my Grampy has moved on, these pieces mean even more to me.

Christmas Symphony

Attend A Christmas Symphony

5. Go To The Symphony: We try to see as many Christmas shows as possible but we have decided that no matter what we will not miss the Christmas Concert at Milligan College. The symphony is outstanding. The Chapel is absolutely stunning and when the lights go out and the candles are lit and the choir and guests lift voices united to sing Silent Night, well, it’s beyond words. It reminds you in the most spectacular way what Christmas is really about.

Christmas Cupcakes

Spread Christmas Cheer with Neighbors

6. Spread Cheer To Our Neighbors and Friends ( in the form of baked goods.) We are blessed to have wonderful neighbors and dear friends so we try to bring cookies or cupcakes to them before the time slips away. We spend one weekend enjoying this task. Friday evening we bake and bake and bake and Saturday afternoon we deliver. This is a simple, inexpensive way to let people know you are thinking about them and grateful they are part of your life.

Visit a Christmas Past

Visit A Christmas Past

7. Travel Through Time: We live in East Tennessee and our area is absolutely overflowing with History. We have visited Carter Mansion (the oldest frame house in Tennessee) for Christmas and enjoyed piping hot cider. When you enter the house they are pushing cloves into oranges and pine boughs and holly lay in each window pane. The scents entrance with the most comforting combination of fragrances. Each candle-lit room offers a different character from history. Stories are told and games are played. Elizabeth Carter taught us about Christmas Pudding. After mixing up a thick batch, you put a ring, a button, and a coin in there. Whoever receives the ring will find true love in the next year, the coin represents prosperity in the year to come but the button  (if found by a man) means he will spend the next year a bachelor. We have had so much fun with this game. We have also attended Rocky Mount Christmas which was truly beautiful. This year we will be going to Tipton-Haynes. Over the years, many, many things have changed about the way Christmas is celebrated but one thing stays the same. It’s all about Christ.

So See The Lights

8. Visit Speedway in Lights: We love this!  Bristol Motor Speedway goes all out with their light show and they change things up every year to keep it interesting. We also love the Village where you can warm up with cocoa and other tasty treats or go ice skating with your friends and family.

Hang Your Stockings With Care

Decorate Your Mantle for Christmas

9. The Stockings Are Hung By The Chimney With Care: To me, Christmas is the coziest of all holidays. I love the twinkle of tree lights, the cheer of a snowman’s smiling face, and as I have mentioned before, lovingly wrapped packages adorned with ribbons and bows stacked beneath bough’s bent from the weight of each blown glass ornament. I decorate for Fall and Spring but for Christmas, my goal is to transform our home.

Make Christmas Eve Special

Make Christmas Eve Special

10. Christmas Eve:  Finally, we spend Christmas Eve with family and when nightfall finally comes, we return home to open our Christmas Eve gifts. They always contain pajamas and hot cocoa. Once changed, we make the cocoa, load it with whipped cream and watch a Christmas Movie, all snuggled up on the couch together. The anticipation of the next day has us giddy. We tease one another about how we know what they are getting. We laugh and we love and we are anxious to give to one another. These moments are the treasure. These moments are where the greatest gifts are given and received. The peace, the calm of Christmas Eve captures us as the movie ends. We tuck in T. We kiss his forehead. We tell the Christmas Story. We talk of how brave Mary was and how loyal Joseph was. We try to put ourselves into their shoes as they seek shelter to bring our Lord into this world. We imagine the fear of a first-time mother laboring so far from her home and her family. We imagine the frustration the couple must have felt as inn after inn informed them they had no place for them. And we think of the shepherds innocently tending to their flocks, completely unaware of the miracle about to befall them. Then, the appearance of the angel, the music, the message, and finally the birth of Christ. Jesus, the greatest gift ever given.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were much afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

~Luke 2: 8 -14

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8 thoughts on “Holiday Bucket List 2015

    1. Thank you Katie! I am so glad I ended up with it. I have five sisters so I am especially grateful! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  1. First of all, it sounds like y’all have an absolutely amazing holiday season! We also decorate gingerbread houses and I love this activity every year! And as someone who is obsessed with cupcakes I am all about spreading holiday cheer with cupcakes!

    1. That sounds great Julie! Our next door neighbor loves cupcakes too so we always fix him bunch! Have a blessed and happy Christmas!

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