What a difference a year makes.
Last year I was a
mother of a four month old sleep-deprived zombie mindlessly shuffling through the holiday season. We didn’t even get our tree up until Christmas Eve!
This year I am feeling energized, full of holiday cheer and totally ready to tackle the Christmas season (it’s amazing how a little sleep can make you feel like a completely different person).
If you read about my Fall To Do List, then you know how much I love making lists.
I have also included a free printable of my checklist with room for you add your own to-dos.
Holiday Checklist*Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, and, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.
- Buy presents for everyone on list (there are lots of great gift options at Barnes & Noble)
- Decorate the house (Carla Aston has some simple, yet elegant ideas for the regretfully late procrastinator)
- Make and decorate a gingerbread house (I love this how to recipe from Simply Recipes).
- Sing our favorite Christmas carols (I really want the new Pentatonix Christmas album)
- Visit with Santa (here are some tips for surviving your visit with santa from Parenting.com)
- Bake Christmas cookies (there’s an entire website devoted to christmas cookies)
- Read our favorite Christmas books (you can’t beat this classic)
- Watch our favorite Christmas specials (our favorite Christmas Classics)
- Chop down a Christmas tree
- Make a Christmas wreath (find 35 different DIY wreaths at Woohome)
- Create festive potpourri (I’m going to try this Holiday potpourri from Pink Heels Pink Truck)
- Light the advent candles
- Light the menorah for Hanukkah
- Make festive drinks (can’t wait to try this Christmas sangria from Cooking Stoned that’s blowing up pinterest)
- Make a Christmas felt tree for W to decorate (here’s a list of 9 different felt trees for inspiration from Fantastic, Fun and Learning)
- Wrap presents
- Create homemade Christmas gift tags (these ideas from One Dog Woof are simply adorable)
- Take a Christmas-themed family photo
- Mail Christmas cards
- Give back to those in need (Mommy Ponders shares 20 ways to give back this Christmas)
- Check out a Christmas light show (here’s a list of great places to view holiday lights in Philly; we want to see the lights at Macy’s)
- Drive around the neighborhood and check out the lights
- Don’t forget to schedule workouts for the month of December!
- Make some handmade ornaments (lots of great ideas from How to This & That)
- Make some Christmas crafts with W (find a cute snow globe craft and more at Lil’ Luna)
- Make some homemade gifts (the Idea Room has a really nice collection of DIY gift ideas)
- Let W play in a Christmas-themed discovery box (there are some fun ideas over at Nate and Rachael)
- Play a Christmas-themed eye-spy game around the neighborhood with W
- Prepare a yummy Christmas morning brunch (Tater tots & Jello shares some yummy Christmas brunch recipes)
- Prepare a delicious Christmas dinner
- Plan a baby-free night out for New Year’s Eve
** BONUS: Cherish every moment with family and friends!