• Jackie Downs

Christmas Bucket List

Updated: Dec 31, 2018

There are so many things to do in the holiday season! I wanted to compile a list of all the fun activities to do with your significant other, friends, family, or even on your own! I wrote out a list and decorated it so I could hang it up in our house! And for the next month, I will keep updating this post as I complete the activities! Here we go!!

This is our list for the season! So much fun doing all the Christmasy doodles :)

Decorate tree

-So we were a bit crazy and put our tree up BEFORE Thanksgiving! I know, we're crazy! We have a fake tree, so we could put it out whenever we want! It was so fun being able to put our tree together for the first time in our married life! Our tree is a mashup of the the fandoms we love. We have some Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and some of our childhood ornaments :) Our tree is super simple, but I love it! Also, *shout out* to my amazing friends/bosses for the best Christmas present! I pointed out the beautiful new tree skirt I wanted from Disneyland and they went and got it for me! Made me so happy!

Go see Christmas lights in pjs

-Sadly, we didn't make it to a whole date night of this, but we did see Christmas lights throughout the season. We saw all the beauty that is Christmas at Disneyland, there are various streets around our neighborhood that have lights up and one near work that even had music to it! I'd say even though we didn't do the whole pajamas and hot cocoa, I still got to experience all the lights!

Decorate sugar cookies

-If you've read a previous post, we had a super fun night with friends where we made personal pizzas and then decorated sugar cookies together! Decorating cookies is not something that has really been a tradition in my life, but I am hoping to start it now and do it with my kids when our family eventually grows.

Here is the recipe for the sugar cookies that I posted in my "Friends Holiday Dinner" post!


-1 Cup unsalted butter

-1 Cup granulated white sugar

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/2 teaspoon almond extract

-1 egg-

2 teaspoons baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-3 cups all purpose flour


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth, at least 3 minutes

3. Beat in extracts and eggs

4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder and salt  with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).

6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

**I am also planning on decorating more cookies this week so be on the look out on instagram for some more!!**

Watch a cheesy animated Christmas movie

-How can you not watch a cheesy movie?? Especially when you score and find a whole pack of them!! I was able to find a set that included the animated "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold", "Pinocchio's Christmas", "A Year Without Santa Claus: Deluxe Edition", "Rudolph's New Year", "Nestor, the Long Eared Christmas Donkey", "A Miser Brother's Christmas", "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July" and the 1979 "Jack Frost!

What?? That is so many movies! I didn't get through all of them, but I now am ready for next year too!!

Fondue night

*We haven't done this yet, but we got a fondue maker for our wedding and I am so so excited to use it soon!* (Happening in the New Year!!!)

Drink hot chocolate by the fire

-Our fireplace came and has been put together!!! We love it! It can be used for just the fire or actually puts off heat! It really helped pull the dining room together!

Create and send Christmas card

-This was something that I was soooo excited to do this year! Our first Christmas cards! I wanted to get them out as early as possible so that we got a lot in return! I used a company I found online that I used for our wedding Thank You cards and I loved the quality! We used Simply to Impress (www.simplytoimpress.com) and I loved how our cards turned out!

Make a gingerbread house

-My lovely friend, Carly Hartman, and I decorated our very own gingerbread house this week! It was fun getting to chat and build the house together! We got the super easy kit from Trader Joes!

Wear an ugly Christmas sweater

-My beautiful friend, Carly Hartman, invited me to attend Drake Bell's Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!! It was so fun in a cute little bar in LA. And childhood throwback meeting Drake Bell of Drake and Josh! So much fun with such beautiful ladies, inside and out!

Bake holiday desserts

-Our Christmas Day I made a few desserts, which included regular brownies, peppermint brownies, and sugar cookies (think of the super thick cookies at the store)!

*Peppermint Brownies:


-Brownie mix (made)

-A couple drops of peppermint essential oil (I only use the Young Living oils)

-Crushed candy canes

-Powdered sugar


Preheat oven and prep pan according to brownie mix box. When mixing the batter, add the essential oil. Once made and cooled, cover with powdered sugar and candy canes.

*Sugar Cookies:


-1 box (16.25 oz) white cake mix (DO NOT prepare)

-2/3 cup all-purpose flour

-1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil

-2 tablespoons sour cream

-2 large eggs

-1/2 cup granulated sugar (for rolling cookies in)

-1 can of frosting and whatever decorations you would like


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper or spraying with cooking spray. Set aside. Sift boxed cake mix into a large mixing bowl. If you don't have a sifter, just pour cake mix into bowl and stir well with wire whisk to break up clumps.Add flour, oil, sour cream, and eggs into the mixing bowl. Use a hand held blender to beat until everything is combined and smooth.Add the 1/2 cup sugar into a separate small bowl.Roll dough into balls (about the size of a golf ball) and then roll dough ball in the sugar. Place 12 to a cookie sheet.Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be pale and puffy.Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and let cool completely. The cookies are soft but will set up as they cool. Frost cookies and add sprinkles on top.

Take a family picture in front of the tree

-On Christmas night, we finally got a picture of our whole little family together! I love my person and puppy and can't wait to spend many more Christmases together and as our family grows it'll be even more fun!!

Wear something that sparkles

*I wore floral on Christmas, but there is still lots of sparkles around my house"

See a Christmas parade

-We had a lot of fun watching the Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland! The song starts feeling a bit repetitive because they play the same song every float over and over again. But it is Disney, so it is magical! I may be a bit biased in my Disney fandom!

Wrap presents

-We are just about done wrapping presents. Just a couple more + I don't think the hubby has wrapped my presents yet! But I love all my Christmas wrapping paper, some have Disney, some unicorn, some classic trees and snowmen! All the fun festive things!

Play all the Christmas music

-"Alexa, play Christmas music"

Probably words said at least 5 times a day haha

Hang Christmas lights

-I love all our lights! We have rainbow lights on the house, plus we wrapped our little Narnia lamp post with lights! I was also able to somehow convince the hubby to put up a Mickey and Minnie Christmas inflatable! I am so excited to continue to add to our decor in the years to come!

I hope you all have fun activities planned for the holiday season! Enjoy this time to be cozy and festive all the time!

***Keep checking back as I continue to make my way through the bucket list! ***


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