12 days of christmas: a holiday bucket list

hey guys!! today I’m going to be sharing a holiday bucket list with 12 different ideas/a list of boredom busters for the christmas season. you could do these over 12 days or really however you want to – mix it up, add your own ideas, skip a day – there’s only one rule – have fun! let’s get started!! ❀

on the first day of christmas – day one

  • if you haven’t already, decorate the christmas tree (if you haven’t yet though, I’m seriously disappointed. CHRISTMAS IS IN LIKE A WEEK)
  • if you don’t have your own christmas tree (for your room or whatever), get a little one! decorate it with some christmas lights and ornaments for a classic look or try a charlie brown tree πŸ˜‚
  • hang up some fairy lights/christmas lights in your room. they’ll make everything look magical!

my true love gave to me – day two

  • make hot chocolate (if you don’t have mix, you can use cocoa powder, milk, and sugar – thank me later) and try doing different mix-ins.
    • ideas: peppermint, caramel, peanut butter, mint, cinnamon, orange, maple syrup, vanilla, ginger
  • make a hot chocolate bar for your family, neighbors, or friends! ask them each to bring something to put in it and a mug and make a bunch of hot chocolate. this would be such a fun way to spend an afternoon!

let it snow – day three

  • make your own christmas music playlist on spotify (or wherever you listen to music). pick your favorite songs and jam it out!!
    • make up your own dances to your favorite songs… record them and randomly send them to your friends πŸ˜‚
    • christmas song ideas: all I want for christmas is you, white christmas, baby it’s cold outside, I’ll be home for christmas, anything pentatonix

joy to the world – day four

  • watch a christmas movie (or three)
    • anything hallmark… your girl loves some hallmark christmas movies πŸ’•
    • ideas: elf, the grinch, home alone, a christmas story, charlie brown christmas, the polar express, the muppet christmas carol, the santa clause (there are soo many more ideas, though!)

santa baby – day five

  • make a gingerbread house
    • let’s be honest, who has the time to actually make the stuff for a gingerbread house? most stores have inexpensive kits, so buy a few for you and your friends or family!
    • have a contest to see who can make the best gingerbread house – your mom/dad/a sibling can be the judge!

white christmas – day six

  • do a secret santa with your friends
    • draw names from a hat and pick a date to have the gift exchange
    • you can put a five or ten dollar cost limit if you want
    • exchanging gifts/guessing who got your name is super fun – you could do this with your youth group, family, or friends

I’ll be home for christmas – day seven

  • buy gifts for your family/friends if you haven’t already
    • shameless self promo, but I made a holiday gift guide for teen girls that has a ton of great ideas, so check it out!
    • if there aren’t any gifts under your tree yet, wrap some and put them under the tree!

we wish you a merry christmas – day eight

  • drive around your neighborhood/town looking at christmas lights!
    • bonus points if you play your christmas playlist from day three while you drive!

all I want for christmas is you – day nine

  • look up christmas random acts of kindness and do at least five
    • ideas: make cookies for police officers, ring bells for salvation army, buy someone else’s coffee, leave a treat for your mailman, donate to a food pantry/shelter, invite a neighbor you might not know to christmas dinner

silent night – day ten

  • make christmas cookies
    • there are so many different ideas: sugar cookies, gingerbread, jan hagel, gingersnaps, snickerdoodle
    • have a christmas cookie exchange with neighbors/family/friends
    • make some extra and give them to a random person you see or a neighbor you don’t know very well – christmas is always a great excuse to go visit someone and get to know them!

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas – day eleven

  • go to a christmas eve candlelight service at a church near you
  • help kids you know write a letter to santa (and show them this awesome santa tracker)
  • wrap your own christmas gifts/help your younger siblings wrap gifts

have a holly jolly christmas – day twelve

  • go christmas caroling with a group of friends in your neighborhood
  • deliver gifts/hot chocolate/cookies to your neighbors
  • help your younger siblings pick toys to donate/make room for their new ones

I hope you’re able to use these ideas to have a great 12 days of christmas!

note: if you start tomorrow (saturday the 14th) and do one of these every day until christmas, day number twelve will be christmas! you could always skip a day or double up on days if you miss one πŸ™‚ have fun!

πŸŽ„ counting down until christmas, christina


7 thoughts on “12 days of christmas: a holiday bucket list

  1. Ok I need some hot chocolate now. ALL OF YOUR MIX-IN IDEAS SOUND AMAZING
    and I absolutely love the Muppet Christmas Carol – I’ve already watched it twice this year!
    This post is iconic! πŸ˜€ ❀ Haha I loved reading it. Great job, Christina!

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    1. SAME I hope you have fun with them!! ahh same it’s kind of a family tradition with our grandparents for us and I love it ❀ aww thank you!!


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