⟢ A CHECKLIST FOR CELEBRATING! ⟣
With so many of you itching to feel festive this year, I sold lots of my brand-new Christmas Countdown lists. These jam-packed checklists included 42 family-friendly activities to do during the most wonderful time of the year. Why? Well, my lists had a clear Christmas message. Each one personalised for individual children, they were written and designed mindfully. Most of the activities centred around spending quality time together, encouraging imagination and kindness, and they were budget-friendly for parents!
Being the big kid that I am, I saved one for myself. While all 42 activities don't apply to adults (like writing a thoughtful letter to Santa Claus), I substituted those suggestions for other must-do activities, like shopping with friends, enjoying festive dates with my boyfriend and finding cute, cosy places to have a drink!
⟢ TIMELESS TRADITIONS ⟣
As the great thinker Ferris Bueller once said, 'Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.'
Age is just a number! No matter how old you are, December is the month of excitement - so why not make the most of it? After all, everyone loves to unwrap a gift, sit down for a hot dinner, and we all cross our fingers to wake up to that white flurry of snow! From my official Christmas Countdown list, I managed to cross off 24 activities. Some of them simply went without saying, I enjoy making hot chocolate with marshmallows every year and I always decorate the Christmas tree - but trying my hand at festive baking and going to a Christmas lights display were totally new to me, and that's not all...
⟢ FINISHING THE DECADE WITH A BANG ⟣
So, with the aid of my Christmas Countdown list, I was fully inspired to celebrate the final bit of the decade wholeheartedly. What did I get up to? Tons! Black Friday shopping ended with seeing Last Christmas at the cinema with my friend. The decorations were put up promptly on the 1st of December. Date night saw my boyfriend and I wrap up warm for a winter walk around the park, and we were blown away by our local lights display! It was truly magical. Cut to gift-wrapping to Christmas tunes, watching Jacqueline win I'm A Celebrity, and then going for a drink in a toasty tipi with a fire pit and live music.
Mid-month, we ventured out to Durham for a chilly walk and to light candles in the spectacular cathedral. I snuggled up for a pyjama day and watched loads of my festive favourites, and we put on The Nightmare Before Christmas which I had never seen before! By the winter solstice, the family celebrations began with many gift exchanges and house parties. We enjoyed not one, not two... not even three, but four family games nights in between Christmas and New Year. And as the festive season unwinds, my boyfriend and I went on a cinema date to see Jumanji: The Next Level yesterday which was absolutely brilliant! Christmas well spent? I think so.
Did you enjoy your Christmas Countdown list too? Would you like to see me create more of these action-packed bucket lists for the year ahead? For adults as well as kids? Let's make 2020 bigger and better. Happy New Year to all!
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