I've had many a season that has come and gone, full of busy, every day life, and it passed so fast I didn't get to go to the beach, or pick apples, or plant flowers. This year, and I'm thinking that I need to start planning ahead--so I'm creating a Holiday Bucket List for these next 6 weeks. Here some things I want to do between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays and New Years in 2013:
2. Write a Family Update Letter. In 2011, I wrote a this-is-what-the-Webbs-did letter. I got lots of feedback that it was really enjoyed, and I wanted to do one last year but my schedule was so stressful it just didn't happen. I really want to make this happen again for 2013.
3. Watch classic Christmas movies. I want to curl up with a nice cozy blanket and some friends and family and watch some movies that I remember from TV specials or family time as a kid. A definite must is White Christmas. Other ones could be Frosty the Snowman, The Snowman, The Santa Clause, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, and I may even watch It's a Wonderful Life for Peter's sake (I'm not a fan...but that's another post).
5. Give gifts to my neighbors. I still haven't met all of our neighbors, and I'd like to take cookies or something over to them all sometime doing the holidays to introduce ourselves.
6. Take a group caroling. Peter and I love caroling--it's so fun to sing with a group and Christmas songs can be so fun! I hope we can do this in our neighborhood, too. It's such a blessing to have an actual NEIGHBOORHOOD now that we've got a home!
7. Figure out gifts for all my friends and family. I usually do some sort of homemade something for my friends and family. Last year was a bit of a flop...a lot of people I loved didn't get gifts. This year I hope to get all the people close to me something. I prefer making gifts, but as I don't have a plan yet...that may not happen. We'll see!
9. Go to my church Christmas Party. I love New Day's Christmas party! We intentionally don't do a big show/production--so many other churches excel at that, so we don't want to get competitive--instead we do a dinner, talent show, and all the adults pick children from the church to buy a gift for, and the kids get to open the gifts at the party. It's going to be a blast...now I just need to decide if Peter and I will do something for the Talent Show or not...=)
10. Attend another church's Christmas production. I don't know if we'll get to it this year, but I've wanted for a while to attend a tradition liturgical church for their Christmas celebration, because I don't ever remember going to one and I'd like to see what it's like. I'd also really enjoy attending a production or two from some of the mega-churches in the area. I love getting a chance to visit different churches--I love the body of Christ!--so the holidays seems like a great opportunity to visit my "extended" church family.
11. Celebrate birthdays. This year I turn 24 (...wow!). Peter traditionally takes me to Easton Shopping center in Ohio for my birthday (this will be our 5th year in Ohio on my birthday!). I always enjoy it! I also want to do something special for Peter's birthday this year too... but I haven't come up with something yet--gotta get on that!
12. Crochet. I miss crocheting! I can't wait to get out my hook and yarn and relax while creating.
13. See the Lights. I love driving or walking around the city and enjoying the Christmas decorations. I want to make time to do that this year.
14. Make a Christmas Playlist (or two). I want to help myself get in the holiday mood, so this year I want to freshen up my old, rather-thrown-together, playlists and intentionally find some of the music my family listened to and get that going as much as I can to help set the atmosphere.
15. Get back into taking care of myself. I know it's a weird time to try and start watching your weight and exercising...but I want to be doing those things, and it seems silly to wait 8 weeks to get started, when I could get on it now. Maybe I'm setting myself up to fail by trying to add this on in the midst of all the crazy holiday schedules, but I do want to start counting my calories again and start working out at least 2 times a week.
There's 15 things I want to do in the next...six weeks. I may not get to all of them, but writing it out has helped me get in the holiday mood more than I realized...and now I'm getting even more excited about this season. What about you? What something you want to do in the next six weeks?