xmas bucket list

Visit The Real Santa Claus In Lapland
1. This may seem like a very outthere idea but if you havent already arranged anything else this Christmas and you feel like a having very different albeit traditional Christmas holiday then why not head over to Lapland. Although fairly expensive for a short stay over in Lapland, it is absolutely picturesque and well worth the money if you can afford the trip, and you are not scared of flying. Lapland if you didnt already know, is in Finland and it .....
A Real Christmas Tree
2. Everyone has different family traditions, maybe you have a fake Christmas tree instead of a real one, maybe you go out every year and buy one together as a family, or maybe you just go out alone and grab one from your local supermarket (if they sell them). The point is that it is about time you had a Christmas tree up in your house, maybe you have a small home and need a tiny tree, or maybe you have an ongoing competition with a fellow neighbour .....
Christmas Budget And Stick To It
3. This piece of advice is worth its weight in gold, regardless of how obvious it appears to be. The amount of people who go over their budget at Christmas is astonishing, it appears we are a society full of impulse buyers, which can lead to disaster if you are not careful. Think about your routine that you stick to the rest of the year, you pay your rent, your bills, your taxes (hopefully) but then you have what is left over for luxuries, this is y .....
Go Christmas Carolling
4. If you are feeling very festive this year you could take your friends and family around your local area and do some carol singing; just make sure you know the words and can keep in tune at least a little. The days of Christmas Carolling are dying out year after year, but there is no reason why you cant still go out and do your own thing. Maybe you could do it in aid of a local or national charity, or maybe you just want to spread the Christmas ch .....
Give Unwanted Toys To A Childrens Hospital
5. Christmas is a time for giving, and if you find yourself overrun with old Christmas toys from years ago then maybe you are thinking of throwing some of them out; but wait, before you do that, consider the children who are unable to celebrate Christmas because they are in the hospital! Instead of throwing out all of those toys that probably cost a lot of money some time ago, you could make a childs day by taking them all to the local childrens hos .....
Put Christmas Lights On The Outside Of Your House
6. Every year it seems there are more and more people in the local neighbourhood who are competing for the most lights on a house ever competition of course this is a completely fictional competition although for some reason the Christmas lights do get bigger although not better in some cases. If you want to put some lights on your house then please do so, it really does help carry the festive mood, just make sure you dont over do it too much. Nowad .....
A Wonderful Life
7. In fact any old or indeed new Christmas film is fine really but this is one that really stands out to me, I remember watching this film every year with my family, Im sure many of you have other movies that you watch every Christmas with your family but instead of waiting for the TV companies to start showing them on Christmas Day itself, why not go out and buy that favourite festive movie of yours so you can watch it any time you like! There a lo .....
Take Your Kids To See Santa
8. Remember when you were a child and you were taken to see Father Christmas? Remember how it felt? The excitement, then panic of thinking about which toy to ask for and the fear of wondering whether or not you had been good enough throughout the year? Well if youre now all grown up with your own children it means you can become a little nostalgic by taking your own kids to see Santa Claus. Its brilliant watching the faces of your little ones whilst .....
Cook An Entire Christmas Dinner From Scratch
9. Okay so every Sunday for around 16 years or more your dear old Mother slaved over hot stoves and cooking utensils in a bid to make the perfect roast dinner right? Well now its time to return the favour and the least you can do is cook her (and the rest of the family of course) a lovely Christmas dinner. The only problem with this is that if it is your first time you have no idea of what to do, get it wrong and your roast potatoes could be ready b .....
Go And See The Nutcracker Theatre Show
10. If you enjoy live theatre productions and you havent been to any recently (or even if you have) then why not travel to London or Broadway if you are over in the US and see one of the biggest and best productions of this festive season; The Nutcracker. This would really make a great family day out and if you are lucky the traditional German market may be around as a sort of after show wound down. The great thing about The Nutcracker is that its ai .....
Roast Chestnuts
11. I remember back at Christmas time when I was just a small boy, e and my family would always visit the local German marketplace and it was fantastic. Brockwurst sausages, all the different cheeses and of course the roasted chestnuts. Now I realise that it isnt a German specific custom to have roast chestnuts, but its the place I remember having them from, and they were delicious. If you have ever walked past them and thought yuck you do not know w .....
Make Your Own Christmas Cards
12. Not contempt with buying and sending out generic Christmas cards, my dear old mother has been creating her own for as long as I can remember, in fact she has gotten so good at tit over the years that she now even does wedding invitations and the like for friends and family. Anyway the point is that Christmas cards dont always have to be flimsy pieces of lightweight card, folded in the middle with an image of some classic scenery with snow on top .....
Give To A Childrens Charity
13. This is becoming a lot more widely accepted everywhere nowadays, there was a time when this would have been unheard of, but you can literally walk into any supermarket and the chances are they have a trolley, box or basket waiting for you to buy something and add to it. I think this is a great idea, and would be even better if most of these charitable trolleys and boxes were visible at the front of the store (most Ive seen were only noticeable AF .....
Go To Midnight Mass
14. If to you, Christmas is more about Christianity than giving presents and cards then maybe this will be your cup of tea; I am personally not all that religious, well, if I am being honest I would have to say I am not in the slightest bit religious, but thats my choice and thats fine. If however you and your family are religious then you will no doubt want to attend the Christmas Mass celebrations, for a family or group of friends that are all reli .....
Go Ice Skating
15. You remember those old movies on the television which had ice skaters casually skating around a frozen lake or outdoor ice rink? I always used to think Yeah, right, like anyone is going to actually skate on a frozen lake, what if the ice breaks! a lovely notion Im sure youll agree. That aside though, I have always enjoyed ice skating, and doing it on an outdoor rink is great, you can go with friends or family, maybe take the children with you? It .....
Bake Some Mince Pies
16. The proof is in the pudding they say, well once youve cooked up these little gems along with making your own mulled wine (number 19 on this list) then you should be well on your way to feeling all Christmassy. I remember many, many moons ago when I would bake cookies, mince pies and flour dough ornaments for the Christmas tree with my dear grandma, I loved it, it was such an exciting time for myself and my siblings, its strange that so much time .....
Visit The Harrods Christmas Grotto In London
17. Now I have already mentioned that you should go and take the kids to see santa, but this is a little different, and although I have never been to the Harrods Christmas Grotto I have heard it is great fun for everyone who attends. Harrods is one of Londons most famous stores, owned by the very well known and highly respected Muhammed Al Fayed. Harrods has been a very high end store for the past 40 years or more now and shows no signs of slowing. W .....
Christmas Lights Being Turned On
18. Im sure that many of you will already attend the annual lighting of the city for Christmas in your own home towns, its nothing new as you know; it is worth mentioning though because many people forget the date, or even that is happening . The lighting of the citys Christmas lights is great because it brings hundreds if not thousands of people together in celebration, and uite often you will find there is some sort of fayre, market or other parade .....
Kiss Someone Underneath The Mistletoe
19. A time honored tradition that gets the single men itching to get their crush under the mistletoe and the women in constant stealth mode trying to avoid it like the plague; okay well maybe its not THAT bad but I have certainly seen a few funny and awkward moments when the mistletoe tradition isnt as mutually appreciated by one person as it is by the other (and it is usually the women that have dislike it). I can understand why though, who would wa .....
Give Your Unwanted Clothes
20. Weve all got old clothes from time to time right? Either we have just decided we no longer like them, or maybe you have lost a lot of weight (or put some on) the point is that these unwanted clothes often get put straight into the bin, which is a big no no really. Just think of those that are less fortunate than you are, and believe me there are people less fortunate than you, regardsless of how bad ou may think things are at the moment. I like t .....
Themed Cookies For The Kids
21. I did very briefly touch upon this earlier but I think it deserves its own section, Christmas cookies, just like mince pies, Christmas cake, and mistletoe is now a tradition and its another great way to get the kids off the couch and into the kitchen so you can have some quality family time. I think that throughout the year a lot of us forget about Christmas and what it stands for, religious thoughts aside (although I really have none) I think it .....
Attend Your Childs Nativity Play
22. I have not yet been to my sons first Nativity play, mainly because he has yet to have one, but Im sure it will be something to remember for sure. Back when I was in school I remember all of the Nativity plays I used to be involved in and I have to say I did quite enjoy it back then, singing along to all of the songs, getting the words wrong and burping in the most unfortunate of timings. Nativity plays are great for many reasons, they are great f .....
Make And Drink Homemade Mulled Wine
23. A tradition that has been lost a little in recent years in the homemade mulled wine. I remember a few years ago when you couldnt get away from the stuff but it slowly phased out until last year when it seemed to be all over the place again. I think mulled wine is great if you enjoy the taste but I admit it isnt to everyones liking. Mulled wine is a tradition that has been around for centuries and it will more than likely stay with us, going in an .....
Build A Snowman
24. Everyone, every year, hopes for it to be a white Christmas and for amny it is, but for many like myself it is often more rainy than snowy. This year is no exception and with the weather forecast supposedly likely that it is going to snow, the chances are it will not do so. If however it does decide to snow then I can assure you that every man, woman, child and family pet will be outside making snow angles, having snowball fights and of course mak .....
Send Out All Of Your Christmas Cards
25. If you havent already done so then , what are you playing at! Its getting very close to Christmas time now and you need to send those cards out asap unless you are going to physically deliver them yourself (like I had to a couple of years ago after forgetting to post them). The problem with Christmas cards isnt the actual sending that is usually the problem, the problem is usually taking hours to decide what message to put in your great aunt Edna .....
Favourite Beer Wine And Whiskey
26. It always amazes me how many people (most) that stock up on copious amounts of liquor and ale over the festive season, I mean sure, back in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s the stores may close for a longer period of time but nowadays the supermarkets want to be reopened on Boxing Day! So it seems to me that we have a nation of very big drinkers, or very crafty drinkers who are getting in on the cheap alcohol whilst they can. Needless to say I even do i .....
Christmas Stockings
27. Okay so it may not be the most important item on this list but if you are already putting up your decorations you might as well get your stockings ready too. Christmas stockings are great for the kids because it allows you to buy some smaller items for them, which is great for when you are really on a tight budget. The tradition of Christmas stockings dates back to the days of Saint Nicholas and have stayed with us ever since, its also just a nic .....
Christmas Grocery Shopping In Advance
28. This is some what of a nobrainer but Ive known people to forget in the past and they are then frantically running around the nearest supermarket like they are on a freeforall supermarket trolley dash! The beauty of getting everything as early as possible is that you do not have to worry about rushing about last minute as well as being able to avoid the manic queues both inside the stores and outside with the traffic. Christmas shopping may be a f .....
Avoid Christmas Day Arguments
29. It happens to the best of us, were enjoying a lovely Christmas dinner, everything is perfect until someone brings up a dreaded conversation and BANG! All hell breaks loose, theres turkey flying left and right, gravy is plastered all over the walls and the inlaws are at each others throats! Okay not quite but you get the idea, Christmas always brings a couple of arguements as well as the celebrations, but it can be avoided. One of the main topics .....
Turn Off The Television
30. I remember reading a year ago (or more) that the number one reason why Christmas Day arguements occur is because of the television, whether it is because of who has control of the remote control (and thus chooses what everyone watches) or because there is an argument about what is actually being watched. The best way to avoid all of this messing about is to keep the television switched off throughout the day (or at least most of it). When you thi .....
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