From My Family to Yours: A Holiday Season Bucket List!
This is ABSOLUTELY my favourite time of the year! I just love the holidays especially because it means more time with my family, and we have a lot of little family traditions that make our holiday season that much more fun and memorable. We almost treat the month of December like a bucket list – trying to cram in alllllll of our fun traditions (and more) while we’re on our break from school. So, I’m sharing with you a fun but simple (that’s key!) Holiday Bucket List, which is such a great way to spend some time having fun with the whole family while making some amazing memories!
Make holiday cookies.
I mean, this one is pretty obvious!! Does it even feel like the holidays without a tin of baking in front of you?? Whether you are a “bake it from scratch” kind of person loading up on decorating supplies from Bulk Barn, or maybe you’re more of a “grab a pre-packaged dough from Walmart” person (like myself sometimes), having fun in the kitchen baking holiday treats is always a SWEET way to spend a snowy afternoon.
Get your festive on – literally wear it!
The holidays are filled with all sorts of attire requirements! From glitz, glam and sparkle, to cute or comical holiday sweaters, to matching holiday pajamas for the family – Winners and Marshalls are just a few places that have wonderful options for all your holiday wear.
Have a play date with the snow and then warm up with some hot chocolate
Such a classic!! Get your boots, mitts, snow pants, scarves, and head outside! (Anybody else think of the classic Robert Munsch book Thomas’ Snowsuit? Or worse; I Have to Go??). Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, make snow angels – it’s all SNOW much fun! Then treat yourselves to a cup of warmth from Good Earth because you can never go wrong with hot chocolate after a day in the snow.
Write a holiday card.
I absolutely love writing and sending cards over the holidays. Wishing someone a wonderful season filled with peace, love and happiness is not only great for their soul, but it’s also great for YOURS. Not to mention how much fun it is to pick out cute cards. I always find adorable and festive designs at Winners or Marshalls.
Make some holiday crafts.
With some extra time on our hands during our break, we like to explore our creative and crafty (but sometimes un-crafty) side. Walmart has some great gingerbread decorating kits, which we make every year. Gingerbread houses and gingerbread sweaters – it’s always fun to get a little messy with icing and decorate.
My newest craft adventure for this year is to make some ornaments for our tree and for our families. Something personalized and from the heart. Party City and Dollarama have wonderful craft supplies to get the creative juices flowing. Get the kids involved with this one and have them create something for the grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa will absolutely LOVE receiving some special from their grandkids.
Try all the Starbucks holiday coffees.
Okay, so these next two are definitely NOT for the kids, but this one is a personal victory of mine! The Starbucks holiday menu always kick starts my holiday spirit. My personal favs this year include the NEW Sugar Cookie Oat Latte (which is as delicious as it sounds, and you can try it hot or iced!), and my other favourite is the Chestnut Praline Latte (I can smell them already!). If you’re still bummed out that the Eggnog Latte didn’t return this year, there are many other delicious and festive lattes waiting for you to customize and enjoy!
Create a fun holiday cocktail.
As the song goes “making SPIRITS bright” – okay so maybe they didn’t mean those kinds of spirits, but still. If you’re hosting over the holiday or just enjoying a quiet evening at home, it’s the perfect time to settle in with a cozy cocktail. I love all the seasonal flavours like cranberries, peppermint, chocolate, etc. Grab your favourite add-in from Willow Park and have some fun experimenting with recipes. A quick Google or Pinterest search for recipes like Christmas Punch, Bailey’s Candy Cane Cocktails, White Christmas Martinis, Cranberry Orange Mimosas (our personal favourite on Christmas morning!) – the list is endless and easily adaptable for a mocktail version! Have fun with it but please drink responsibly!
Visit The Landing at Grasslands.
A great way to get into the holiday spirit is to visit the giant Christmas tree located at The Landing in Grasslands. Our little one is always in awe of the size of the tree and loves looking at the ornaments. And to top it off, hearing the Christmas music playing over the outdoor speakers makes it feel like you are in a Hallmark movie! And be sure to take advantage of the photo-op and take a snap with the “Wish” sign while you’re there too! When you take a picture with the sign, tag Grasslands by using the #GrasslandsWish for a chance to win a prize!
Movie marathon with take-out.
Movie nights over the holidays are a MUST in our household. Decide on a couple of movies, such as Home Alone, Elf, Polar Express, Christmas Vacation, The Grinch – all your favourites, and take the night off cooking by ordering in! Try Little Caesar’s for the classic movie and pizza combo that never gets old. Or maybe go with something different like Thai Express or Meltwich. Grasslands has so many great restaurants with takeout options, there’s something for everyone, and a night away from the kitchen is always a bonus.
Random acts of kindness.
Little acts of kindness can truly go a long way toward lifting someone’s spirits and brightening their day, especially during the holidays. Remember, these acts of kindness don’t have to be grand gestures either – I think we sometimes get hung up on the size of the gesture and worry if it’s truly enough. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” (Aesop). Try complimenting someone, holding a door open, sending a card; all of these require very little on our part. And if you’re looking to do a little more, consider donating to the Food Bank or purchase a gift card, a Lindt Chocolate Gift box, a seasonal floral arrangement from Rose and Vine Florals, or a Poinsettia, and deliver this to someone who could use a bit of a pick me up this holiday. After all, this IS the season of giving, and I would say GIVING BACK is included in that.
However you decide to spend your holiday this year, I hope the spirit of the season fills your heart and home with peace, love, laughter, and happiness. Happy Holidays!