holiday bucket list

HOLIDAYBUCKETLIST-01 After attending Making Things Happen two weeks ago (which I still need to blog about, yikes!) I'm working super hard at being really intentional with my time, including the time I'm not working. Which isn't to say I make a to-do list for my weekend fun, but more so that I'm trying to really think through those fun experiences I want to have and projects I want to do, and then commit to making them happen. Matt and I sorta did this with our summer manifesto, but we kind of accidentally and haphazardly checked things off the list, we weren't very intentional about making those things happen. So I'm trying again with the holiday season upon us. There are so many things I want to do to make this holiday season memorable and fun, and I don't want to get to January and realize we didn't do any of them because we "didn't have time." I want to make the time! So here it is, our 2014 holiday manifesto, the things I want to commit to making happen this holiday season! And I say this with a disclaimer, because I know that life is messy and imperfect and we all feel so much pressure to have the "Pinterest perfect" holidays. That is not what this list is about. It's not about making an Instagram-worthy dinner spread or having people over so they can ooooh and ahhhhh over perfect holiday decorations. It's about MAKING the time to create meaningful memories with the people you love. It's about doing the things that fill your heart and soul, regardless of whether it ends up on Instagram. So I challenge you that if you do this for yourself, if you write a holiday bucket list or holiday manifesto, as you jot things down, ask yourself "am I writing this down because I really want to do it, or because it will make a good Instagram photo?" That's a tough question to ask yourself because, if you're anything like me, you'll be up close and personal with your narcissism and your need for people to think you're cool, but it's so so important that we ask that question, I think, especially during the holidays when the hamster wheel of perfection is at all time high.

Here's our list. What's on yours?

  • get a real Christmas tree (I have to add a note here to prove my own point. I started to type "find + cut down the perfect Christmas tree." NO! Sure, in my mind, I picture Matt and I traipsing through an idyllic snow-covered lane, dressed in flannel and sipping peppermint hot cocoa, mittened hand in mittened hand, seeking out the most perfect pine. This. Is. Not. Realistic. All I want is a real tree, so it shouldn't matter if it comes from in front of Kroger or the kitschy Christmas farm. Case in point.)
  • make popcorn garland, so I can channel my inner Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • make peanut butter balls, obviously
  • perfect the Christmas cocktail once again
  • host friends in our home for some kind of Christmas party
  • drive through the Reynolds lights
  • make a blessing jar of all the great stuff that happened in 2014
  • ring in the new year with Chinese food and champagne, Matt and I's NYE tradition
  • anonymously leave a Christmas gift
  • Watch a Christmas movie I've never seen before
  • Read "A Christmas Carol," and not the Great American Classics kids' version ;)
  • try our hand at making mulled wine
  • write out our 2015 goals
  • host family Christmas for my mom's side of the family
  • write a handwritten note on all our Christmas cards
  • leave a hefty Christmas tip for a restaurant server (someone did this for me when I was a waitress once, and it was the BEST ever.)
  • go ice skating
  • see The Nutcracker or some kind of Christmas show
  • make an ornament for our tree
  • spend an entire Saturday watching Christmas movies and eating cookies

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