Last year I was heavily pregnant over Christmas so a lot of the things Connor wanted to do, I couldn’t join in with, so we decided we would wait til next year and do them all together. Fast forward to now and we’ve had a pretty shitty year, all things considered, so I’m on a mission to make this the BEST Christmas possible. I want to pack this festive season full of as many activities as I can. So what better way to do that than to make a bucket list? Connor & I have had many, many, conversations about what we want to do and this is what we’ve come up with.
We managed to squeeze this in at the beginning of this year, just after Mason was born we had some serious snowfall! We’re going to do it again because – why not? We’re also going to do it indoors as we probably won’t get snow here in Scotland until after Christmas!
Eat roasted chestnuts.
This one is all Connor. After collecting conkers last month, the conversation turned to whether they could be eaten or not. Cue me telling him all about how at Christmas you can buy roasted chestnuts at the markets and yes, you can eat them. So now, he wants to try roasted chestnuts and who am I to say no?
Go to a Christmas market.
There are a couple near where we stay, one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh. I’ve never been to the Edinburgh one but have alway wanted to go. Regardless of which one we go to, we’ll be sure to soak up the atmosphere and track down some roasted chestnuts to do number 2!
Go ice skating.
Pretty self explanatory; Connor has been desperate to do this for a couple of years now but given that he’s the clumsiest child known to man, I’ve been putting it off. I think this might just be his year though. If his roller skating attempts are anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to get plenty of videos of Bambi on ice!
Go to visit Santa.
This is something we’ve done every year since Connor was born, although we’ve never been to the same place twice. I tend to choose the place based on how realistic their Santa is – I don’t want any fake beards or anything that Connor could call him out for. I swear he should work for MI5, he can see through things a mile away. I’m really excited to see how Mason reacts, this will be his first Christmas, so he has no idea whats coming!
Build a snowman / Make snow angels / Have a snowball fight.
This all depends on when we get snow, sometimes in Scotland we don’t get proper wintery weather until February/March time. But, this year, we’re due 4 months of snow, or so I’m told, so we might manage this before Christmas!
Go to the Christmas shop in Callander & pick a decoration.
We’ve never done this before but I used to love going into this shop when I was little. I’d love to make this a proper tradition where we go together as a family every year and pick a new decoration for our tree.
Go to a pantomine.
I think this is really only a British thing? My Mum and Dad took my sister & I to panto every year when we were little. Actually, don’t tell anyone but me, my sister and my Mum still go every December to see whatever pantomine is on at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow. This year, it’s Aladdin; we’re going to take Connor and it’s a full family outing – minus Mason. I’m can’t wait to see his wee face, I really hope he loves it as much as I do.
Take a family photo wearing Santa hats.
Now, we are not a big picture taking family. David & I both hate being in photos but we have plenty of the boys. I’m trying to make more of a conscious effort to get in the picture with them so I think this would be the perfect opportunity!
Drive around and look at all the Christmas lights.
Mason loves lights. I know he’ll still be far too little to fully understand what he’s seeing but he will love it regardless. Last year, Connor was obsessed with a huge, light up snowman in a garden near my Mums (he even named him Frosty) so I’m hoping they have it again this year and he remembers it!
Have a Christmas movie day.
Up until this year, Connor has never been one for sitting on his bum and watching tv. So I’m looking forward to having a day where we watch loads of Christmas films back to back and I can introduce him to some of the classics. Just between us, we’ve already watched Elf (the night before Halloween, but shh!).
Put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house.
We moved house this summer so this will be our first Christmas in our new home. I can’t wait to decorate it and make it all festive. I’m particularly excited to get a wreath for the front door and a garland for my staircase – sad I know.
Welcome Connors Elf, Reindeer back to our home.
Connors Elf on the Shelf, Reindeer will hopefully be making an appearance (behaviour permitting, of course) and we always have so much fun with this. You can see the kind of thing he gets up to here. We’ve already had a little note from him saying that Santa has told him if Connor doesn’t behave then he won’t be allowed to come visit! I think it totally adds to the magic of Christmas and highly recommend it to anyone with young kids.
Writing a letter to Santa.
The most important job to be done in December of course. If you don’t write a letter to the big man then how is he supposed to know what you would like for Christmas?
That’s everything we’ve talked about so far. I’m sure we’ll come up with more as we go along and I’ll be sure to add them!
What’s on your Winter Bucket List?