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Home for the Holidays Bucket List

There’s no place like home for the holidays! Make it a December to remember by checking a few things off our holiday bucket list! (Bonus: There are over 50 seasonal ideas to choose from)

How many activities can you check off?

Home for the Holidays Bucket List:

  1. Drive around and find the house with the best Christmas light display (Peacock Lane is a classic)
  2. Participate in a cookie exchange party
  3. Organize an area of the house that you’ve put off
  4. Set up a hot chocolate bar with fun toppings
  5. Host a game night with your family (See Wired’s list of 27 of the Best Family Board Games)
  6. Deliver treats to your neighbor’s doorstep
  7. Go caroling
  8. Donate a meal to someone in need
  9. Try a new recipe or two (Here’s a list of The New York Times’ most popular recipes of 2023)
  10. Host a Zoom party with your extended family who lives out of town
  11. Watch a Christmas movie marathon (Check out TV Guide’s Ultimate Christmas and Holiday Movies and Specials Guide 2023)
  12. Spend all day in your pajamas
  13. Cook a Christmas brunch
  14. Go through your family photos and frame special memories (Framebridge makes it super easy)
  15. Walk through ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo
  16. Send holiday cards (We love Minted)
  17. Read a book (Support Powell’s, the world’s largest independent bookstore based in Portland!)
  18. Write your “24 for 2024” list (a fun idea from writer Gretchen Rubin)
  19. Buy a coffee for the car behind you in the drive-thru
  20. Organize your closet and donate to an organization
  21. Buy a holiday ornament to symbolize the year (Old World Christmas has a wide variety)
  22. Write handwritten thank-you notes
  23. Binge on a new Netflix show (See what’s new on Netflix in December 2023)
  24. Drive until you find snow
  25. Create a time capsule
  26. Interview a relative and record their answers (better yet, gift someone a Storyworth subscription – it makes a great last-minute gift)
  27. Document your family tree
  28. Have a “no-screen time” day
  29. Donate to a food bank
  30. Plan your next vacation
  31. Get creative – paint, knit, build, etc.
  32. Try a virtual fitness class (Here’s a list of the Best Online Fitness Classes of 2023, according to Very Well Fit)
  33. Dress up for New Year’s Eve
  34. Create a vision board for 2024
  35. Organize your passwords
  36. Update your car emergency kit (Here are some ideas so you’re prepared)
  37. Take a day road trip (Coast, Mountains, or Desert?)
  38. Go on a winter hike
  39. Sponsor a family for Christmas
  40. Create a new playlist & share it
  41. Start a gratitude journal practice
  42. Have a family photoshoot
  43. Create a year-in-review photo book (Chatbooks and Shutterfly make it easy!)
  44. Build a gingerbread house (Here are 3 mistakes you’re making when creating your gingerbread houses according to a viral TikTok baker)
  45. Drink a seasonal beverage or festive cocktail
  46. Create a home spa
  47. Make dinner together
  48. Complete a puzzle
  49. Light a holiday candle
  50. Tackle a DIY project
  51. Visit the Silverton Christmas Market at the Oregon Garden

What other holiday ideas would you add to the list? We’d love to hear from you on Facebook!



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