Christmas traditions – Bucket list

We are very nearly at the end of the month, I always find November the calm before the storm with regards Christmas. October is a very busy month with Halloween and then Bonfire night. It is literally out with the pumpkins and in with planning Christmas.

With December just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and getting organised for a very busy month.

For a few years now we have been trying to build certain activities / traditions we would like to do each year and also a bit of a bucket list of things we would like to do as part of our count down to Christmas. Here are a few of our family favourites we have started already. We also still look out for new ideas too.

Write a letter to Father Christmas.

My two love nothing more than grabbing the toy books as they arrive  through the door and producing a collage of toys and gifts they would like for Christmas.

Christmas Lights

We begin the Christmas festivities with the Christmas light switch on in Sheffield city centre which is normally in late November.  These nostalgic memories are what we hope the kids will remember in years to come and follow on with their own little families.


Christmas light switch on Sheffield city 2015


Advent is the official count down to Christmas for us. We try to do a variety of activities from 1st of December – 24th December. Not just the popular chocolate advent window calendar’s but also adding a little variety to it. Christmas bedding, baking, crafts always a big hit in our house and of course Christmas socks.

Christmas market


Christmas market

Visit a Christmas market where you can pick up slightly different gifts for family and friends, From more traditional wooden gifts to some yummy sweet treats too.


Traditional wooden huts at the Christmas market

A visit to see Santa

My oldest is 10 and youngest 8 they still very much believe in Father Christmas but I’m not sure for how much longer  **sad face**

Mulled wine

Christmas would simply not be Christmas without a mulled wine. I Just love a mulled wine, whenever  I smell the wonderful cinnamon scent I just know it’s that time of year. I am trying out number of variations of mulled wine and I will hopefully get  to share some of these with you.

Christmas Movies

Who doesn’t love a Christmas movie, we will catching up on a few classics I’m sure.

Christmas eve boxes

This is  by far our favourite tradition we have been doing with the kids for quite a number of years now. I plan to do a full post on what you can include in your Christmas eve box but basically it is a hamper of goodies to get you through Christmas eve. When the excitement of the imminent event just gets a little too much.






Christmas eve goodies

What Christmas traditions do you do each year to bring just a little more excitement to the count down to Christmas. Creating family traditions and making memories what more could you ask for ??

I would love to hear what you all get up to by sharing your Christmas traditions and bucket list.


Until next time


Caroline X






  1. November 17, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I absolutely love Christmas, but for the first time ever I am completely disorganised with it all eek! I think I need to take a leaf out of your book and get list writing. Looks like you have lots to look forward to 🙂

    Stevie x

    • November 17, 2016 / 1:10 pm

      Thank you very much xx I love a good list ha ha xx hope get sorted xx

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