Your Holiday Season Bucket List: 12 Things to Finally Try
We can't count the number of things we love about the holidays. From mulled wine to stocking stuffers and everything in between, there is never enough time to bask in all the holiday delights. That's why we're planning our holiday bucket list now. Scroll through for our list of joyful activities you can only do once a year!
Starting a few weeks before Thanksgiving, we put Love Actually on repeat. We suggest gathering the best cuddlers in your life for an all-day binge-viewing session of all of your holiday movie favorites. Ours include The Holiday, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street (the remake).
'Tis the season for mistletoe and eggnog. Deck your home in holiday décor and throw a holiday party for all of your favorite people. Go for a fun theme like the ugly Christmas sweater party or a white elephant get-together. We also love throwing a holiday dinner party with an extra-special tablescape, including poppers of course.
Ahh, there is nothing quite as fulfilling as a warm cup of mulled wine on a cold winter night. Save yourself the hassle of going out and, instead, stay in for the night and nurse a pot of mulled wine with loved ones.
Decorating a gingerbread house should never be reserved just for children. Pick out your favorite candy, call your girlfriends over, and blast some holiday carols as you ice a gingerbread house to perfection. We think this is the perfect crafty substitute to just another coffee date or wine night this season.
If you're lucky enough to be in San Francisco during the holiday season, make a point to stop by Swensen's for the best homemade peppermint ice cream of your life—and in fact, the California creamery has a number of international locations, too. If you're not in the city of the Golden Gate, indulge in whichever peppermint ice cream suits your fancy. Homemade versions are, of course, always best.
There is something about the Christmas season that demands a glammed-up night out on the town. We think some of the best nights are those regular date nights with our girlfriends. This season, make a reservation at a fancy cocktail lounge or restaurant, and invite your closest friends to doll themselves up and join you for a Champagne cocktail.
Whether you're into gag gifts or pretty home accessories, organize a secret Santa exchange with your best friends. We love the idea of centering secret Santa around a theme like gifts to pamper yourself. Whatever it is, make a night out of drawing names and then enjoy selecting a gift for one of your besties.
Set aside the time this season to bake a special dessert that you may have been eyeing all year, but haven't yet endeavored to make. Toward the end of the year, we love to fill our kitchens with the aroma of buttery, flaky pastry and baked apples. Whatever dessert genre you crave during the holidays, go all in and create your own culinary masterpiece.
We think it's important to reflect on the past year before looking ahead toward the future. Take some time for yourself this holiday season and write yourself a reflective letter about the challenges and triumphs of the past year and what you hope to accomplish in the coming 12 months. Seal the letter and save it from yourself until the 2016 holiday season.
Give one day of your holiday season to those who are less fortunate than you. Work at a soup kitchen, buy and wrap presents for foster children, or sing Christmas carols at an old folks' home. Whatever it is, do something. You'll bring joy to others and yourself. Instead of making this a solo event, invite your friends to join you and spread even more holiday cheer.
Gift giving is one of the most fun aspects of the holidays. We always challenges ourselves to be the most thoughtful gift givers out there. But sometimes it's not just about the gift, it's about the wrapping. Spend some creative energy to make a signature wrapping look for your presents this year and enjoy shaking holiday fairy dust on the packages of your family and friends' presents.
Traditions are wonderful, but every once in a while it's great to step away from the past and make a new tradition for the future. If you haven't tried this already, we suggest making peppermint hot chocolate on the day after Thanksgiving.
What's on your holiday bucket list? Share with us in the comments!