Hard to believe but December is here, and it’s time to sprinkle some holiday magic into our lives.

You know I love a good bucket list!  I’ve put together a creative December bucket list that promises joy, warmth, and a whole lot of fun. Here we come winter adventure!

1. Host a Themed Ugly Sweater Party

I know it is a little cliche, but nothing screams “holiday season” like a good old-fashioned ugly sweater party. Invite your friends and family over, and see who can come up with the most hilariously hideous sweater. Add a competitive edge by having a vote for the ugliest sweater and awarding a fun prize.

2. Embark on a Local Light-Seeing Expedition

One of the simplest yet most beautiful parts of December is the twinkling lights everywhere. Spend an evening driving or walking around your neighborhood or city to admire the festive light displays. Don’t forget your hot cocoa! You can look up where to view the best Christmas lights in your area, or here is one for you: https://travel.usnews.com/features/the-best-christmas-light-displays-in-the-us

 

3. DIY Holiday Decor Workshop

Get your creative juices flowing by hosting a DIY holiday decor workshop at home. Gather some craft supplies and invite your friends over for a day of making wreaths, ornaments, or homemade candles.

4. Winter Wonderland Photo Shoot

Find a snowy spot (if you’re lucky enough to have snow!) and have a winter-themed photo shoot. Whether it’s solo, with your significant other, family, or friends, it’s a great way to capture the season’s magic.

5. Volunteer for a Cause

The holiday season is a time of giving. Volunteering at a local shelter, organizing a toy or food drive, or simply helping a neighbor can be incredibly rewarding.

6. Attend a Holiday Market

Visit a holiday market and soak in the festive atmosphere. These markets are great for finding unique gifts, trying seasonal treats, and enjoying holiday entertainment.

7. Bake a Festive Treat

Whether it’s gingerbread cookies, a yule log, or a family recipe, baking is a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Plus, homemade treats make wonderful gifts!

8. Have a Festive Movie Marathon

There are so many great holiday movies; however, several Christmas films have stood the test of time and are widely regarded as classics. Here’s a list of 15 such movies, known for their enduring appeal and festive spirit:

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – A heartwarming story about the true meaning of life and the impact one person can have on others.

A Christmas Story (1983) – A nostalgic look at childhood in the 1940s, famous for its humorous take on holiday traditions.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – A charming tale that asks whether a department store Santa might be the real thing.

Home Alone (1990) – A fun and mischievous story about a young boy defending his home from burglars during Christmas.

The Polar Express (2004) – An animated adventure that captures the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – A comedy about the trials and tribulations of family holiday gatherings.

Elf (2003) – A heartwarming comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who goes to New York City to find his identity.

Love Actually (2003) – A romantic comedy that intertwines several love stories set around Christmas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – A unique stop-motion film that blends Halloween and Christmas themes.

White Christmas (1954) – A musical filled with Irving Berlin’s songs and starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

Die Hard (1988) – Often debated as a Christmas movie, this action film set during a Christmas party has become a seasonal favorite for many.

Scrooged (1988) – A modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” starring Bill Murray.

The Santa Clause (1994) – A family comedy about a man who inadvertently becomes Santa Claus.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – A live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic book, starring Jim Carrey.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) – An animated classic that delves into the true meaning of Christmas through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends.

These films range from heartwarming classics to modern comedies, each contributing uniquely to the holiday season’s charm and joy.  Create your list of classic holiday movies and spend a day watching them back-to-back. Don’t forget the popcorn and cozy blankets!

9. Write and Send Handwritten Cards

In our digital age, a handwritten card is a heartfelt gesture. Write some holiday cards to friends and family expressing your love and gratitude.

10. Plan a New Year’s Reflection Evening

As December ends, take an evening to reflect on the past year. Write down your achievements, memorable moments, and lessons learned. It’s also the perfect time to set goals for the new year.

Remember, the best part of the holiday season is making memories with the people you love. So, no matter what you choose to do from this list, the key ingredient is to have fun and spread joy. Happy December!

What’s on your December bucket list? Share in the comments below, and let’s inspire each other to make this month unforgettable!