Lots of people get disgruntled when they start to see signs of Christmas before we have even gotten to Halloween. I am not one of them!
The holiday season is my absolute favorite. That’s right - I’m in love with it, I want to marry it, and for me, Christmas begins in October.
Because that is when the Hallmark & Lifetime channels begin to show their new Christmas movies!! Exciting!
Well, recently, I read a post by Jenny in Neverland, called 40 Winter Self-Care Ideas. It really inspired me to do at least 3 of those 40 ideas as soon as possible.
And when I wrote about them here, the day I read her post, I promised to report back once they were done…
-have a day of hygge
-read and gather Christmas books
-create a winter and Christmas bucket list
Here is my Christmas bucket list, as promised. And the first one will not surprise you.
(1) Watch as many holiday movies as I can. Ta-da!
(2) Decorate my new apartment for Christmas. I have begun, but there is way more to go.
(3) Order some of my favorite apple cinnamon tea from Steeped Tea.
I used to be a consultant, but did not manage the minimums required to stay active, so I am not one at the moment. But I still love their tea, and sadly, have run out of my favorite one, Apple Crumble.
It’s perfect for the holiday season, but I drink it year-round. If you order some, tell ‘em I sent you and I’ll be back as soon as I can.
(4) Put together a holiday mini capsule with 4-5 outfit formula ideas I can wear throughout the season. I have one red shirt and a red print scarf, but I have quite a bit of olive green and ivory, and those will be the three colors I use.
Christmas mini capsule tip - 2 to 3 is about all you want to do when choosing your color palette, because it’s only a temporary mini capsule, and you are not likely to need that many outfits in such a small period of time.
If you do have a lot of holiday events planned, then aim for 10 outfits or so. You can do that with 2 cardigans, 2 tops and 2 bottoms if they all mix and match well.
(5) Watch Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown on my son’s phone. He has Apple, I think, and they will only be showing it there, this year.
(6) Plan and try a breakfast casserole this year. Failing that, do biscuit sandwiches, sausage and fried eggs.
By the way, stay tuned, because I have got a breakfast casserole recipe coming your way (maybe two) next month.
Hopefully, I will end up doing that, but I am a #spoonie, and sometimes I run out of steam, so if I do, I’ll aim for quick and easy biscuit sandwiches, instead.
(7) If I am still using my son’s phone as a hotspot (please, God, bring me the Internet for Christmas & ask your elves to drop it off early), find a way to watch my church’s Christmas service on his phone or using his phone.
(8) Read lots of Christmas books and do my best to capture the Christmas magic they represent, as I read.
(9) Stay present to what I know, which is that the Christmas magic is already in my heart, and try to radiate it out to others and back to myself.
(10) Finish getting everything I need for my new home by Christmas day, as a Christmas present for Gingerbread Cottage.
And there you have it! My Christmas bucket list.
What’s on your Christmas bucket list this year?
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.