Holiday Checklist

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.

Now that December has arrived, I am here to share my Holiday Checklist– a list of 31 fun activities and recipes I want to complete by the end of the Holiday season.

I have also included a free printable of my checklist with room for you add your own to-dos.

Holiday Checklist with a Free Printable

 Holiday Checklist

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  1. Buy presents for everyone on list (there are lots of great gift options at Barnes & Noble)
  2. Decorate the house (Carla Aston has some simple, yet elegant ideas for the regretfully late procrastinator) 
  3. Make and decorate a gingerbread house (I love this how to recipe from Simply Recipes). 
  4. Sing our favorite Christmas carols (I really want the new Pentatonix Christmas album)
  5. Visit with Santa (here are some tips for surviving your visit with santa from 
  6. Bake Christmas cookies (there’s an entire website devoted to christmas cookies)
  7. Read our favorite Christmas books (you can’t beat this classic)
  8. Watch our favorite Christmas specials (our favorite Christmas Classics
  9. Chop down a Christmas tree
  10. Make a Christmas wreath (find 35 different DIY wreaths at Woohome)
  11. Create festive potpourri (I’m going to try this Holiday potpourri from Pink Heels Pink Truck) 
  12. Light the advent candles
  13. Light the menorah for Hanukkah
  14. Make festive drinks (can’t wait to try this Christmas sangria from Cooking Stoned that’s blowing up pinterest)
  15. 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) 
  16. Wrap presents
  17. Create homemade Christmas gift tags (these ideas from One Dog Woof are simply adorable)
  18. Take a Christmas-themed family photo
  19. Mail Christmas cards
  20. Give back to those in need (Mommy Ponders shares 20 ways to give back this Christmas)
  21. 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)
  22. Drive around the neighborhood and check out the lights
  23. Don’t forget to schedule workouts for the month of December!
  24. Make some handmade ornaments (lots of great ideas from How to This & That)
  25. Make some Christmas crafts with W (find a cute snow globe craft and more at Lil’ Luna) 
  26. Make some homemade gifts (the Idea Room has a really nice collection of DIY gift ideas)
  27. Let W play in a Christmas-themed discovery box (there are some fun ideas over at Nate and Rachael)
  28. Play a Christmas-themed eye-spy game around the neighborhood with W
  29. Prepare a yummy Christmas morning brunch (Tater tots & Jello shares some yummy Christmas brunch recipes)
  30. Prepare a delicious Christmas dinner
  31. Plan a baby-free night out for New Year’s Eve

** BONUS: Cherish every moment with family and friends!

Holiday Checklist with Free Printable


Holiday Checklist with FREE printable
Let me know in the comment section below what’s on your holiday checklist. Also, be sure to follow my Christmas pinterest board for more ideas! 

Follow Tricia The Good Mama’s board Happy Christmas! on Pinterest.


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