The idea of a bucket list might sound pretty morbid to you. A set of tasks that you want to accomplish before your time on Earth is up? Sure, it can make for great conversation, but it can also be kind of a bummer.
We’re here to totally change your view on bucket lists, though, and to help you boost your December cheer. Allow us to introduce our Holiday Season Bucket List. It’s a super fun way to set your sights on the best holiday ever and to ensure that you keep your priorities straight in the final weeks of the year. Plus, it’s way more upbeat and easier to accomplish than other kinds of bucket lists.
Our 2018 holiday bucket list has ten items. Keep scrolling to read more! And, hey, if you want to borrow some of our ideas when making your own list — go for it.
1. Keep up with self-care. Yes, we know that it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of activity that comes with the holidays, but nobody says that you have to completely forget yourself in order to keep up with it! We’re going to exercise. We’re going to face mask. We’re going to meditate. We’re going to enjoy glasses of wine with friends. Basically, all of the things that fill us up at any other time of year, we’ll still be doing in December. And you should, too!
2. Avoid calorie counting. The last month of the year is essentially just one big, endless buffet, and we’re going to choose not to feel weird about it. Obviously, it’s all about balance, but as a rule, we’re going to skip calorie counting and just enjoy all of the season’s delicious offerings. Cookies, anyone?
3. Be chill, relaxed party hosts. If you’ve invited your whole family over for a celebration this holiday season, we’re willing to bet that you’re already pretty stressed about how the house is going to look, how well your kids are going to behave, and just how perfectly you’re going to be able to pull off a huge dinner when you only have one oven. Guess what? Those things don’t actually need to matter. What’s most important is making your loved ones feel happy and welcome. And we’re gonna go with that for our holiday events!
4. Take lots of photos. And no, we’re not doing it for the ‘Gram. We’re doing it for the sake of our memories!
5. Treat ourselves. We have such a long list of friends and family members who we’re planning to spoil with great gifts this season — and, trust us, we feel great about that. But we don’t want to forget to love on ourselves in the process! We encourage you to treat yourself, too. Go a step beyond your usual self-care routine by setting up a massage or spending a little extra on the perfect New Year’s outfit. We can’t take credit for the phrase “you’re worth it,” but, well, you are worth it.
6. Create one-on-one time with loved ones. All the big family events and parties that come with the holidays are fun, but we’re challenging ourselves to make quality time for individual loved ones, too. You’ll find us having coffee with our mothers, going to the movies with our BFFs, and making cookies with the kiddos in our lives. That one-on-one time is the best.
7. Watch as many feel-good movies as possible. If you need us, we’ll be on the couch under five blankets, hot chocolate in hand, enjoying a marathon of all of our favorite seasonal movies. There’s no other time of the year when this is acceptable, so we’re taking advantage while we can.
8. Rest. The holidays don’t have to be all go, go, go. We’re going to prioritize some serious down time over here.
9. Stop stressing about the mess. Here’s a secret: you’re really the only one who cares that your kitchen is a perpetual mess or that you can’t seem to keep up with the pine needles falling off your Christmas tree. So let it go! We’re definitely going to try.
10. Feel good! Don’t even get us started on the importance of staying glowy during the holiday season. We’re big fans of this, and we plan to feel like our best, most confident selves right up until New Year’s Day — and beyond!