Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas List

It's December!  I love Christmastime.  It is such a beautiful time to celebrate our Savior's birth and make special memories with those we love.  Here is a list of some of the things we'd like to do this month:
  • Cut our own tree at a tree farm
  • Buy a new Christmas music CD  (Do you have a favorite?  Leave me a comment below--I'd love to get your suggestions!)
  • Memorize some of the Biblical account of Jesus' birth
  • Do Christmas preschool with the boys (this or some of this)
  • Go ice-skating (if a thrift store has skates in our sizes!)
  • Leave a gift on someone's doorstep
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • String lights outside
  • Read a Christmas storybook to the boys every day
  • Bake sugar cookies (I want to try this recipe, but use coconut oil in place of you think that will work?)
  • Sew another Christmas stocking (free pattern download here)
  • Go to a Christmas concert
  • Send out our annual letter and photo with Christmas tracts
  • Make graham cracker houses
  • Decorate sugar cone Christmas trees (something similar to these)
  • Send a Christmas card, Christmas tract and pictures drawn by the boys to a recovering soldier     Here is the address if you are interested in doing this, too!
                     A Recovering American Soldier
                     c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
                     6900 Georgia Avenue
                     NW Washington, DC 20307-5001
*Update* This address is incorrect.  I am so sorry to those of you who sent a card and had it returned (as happened to me).  I should have double checked the address with another source before posting it.  Thank you for understanding.  Below is what I believe is the correct address.  Hopefully this one will work. 
                     A Recovering American Soldier
                     c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
                     6900 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
                     Building #2
                     Washington, DC 20307-5001
  • Help with our church's Christmas program
  • Give goodies or fruit baskets with a Christmas tract to our new neighbors
  • Cut paper snowflakes (tutorial here using coffee filters)
  • Go for a sleigh ride
  • Sing carols 
  • Drive around as a family and look at lights
  • Watch some old holiday movies
  • Go Christmas shopping
  • Wrap presents
  • Attend the candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church
  • Enjoy hot apple cider, hot cocoa, or hot maple cream (recipe coming soon!) after chilly outings
  • Visit an elderly friend at the nursing home
  • Send a Christmas card to each of the missionaries our church supports
  • Attend our Christmas family get-togethers
  • Make eggnog
  • Watch the Christmas train go by (a local event)
  • Have our traditional candlelit Christmas Eve meal 
  • Have family over on Christmas Day
We probably won't end up doing everything on this ambitious list, but it is fun to brainstorm, glean ideas from others and plan! 
  What are some things you  
would like to do this Christmas season? :)


  1. What wonderful, fun ideas!! Thanks for sharing them Olivia! :-) It's so much fun having family traditions. We always enjoy watching Rudolph while decorating our Christmas tree! :-)

    1. Yes, family traditions ARE so much fun! Thanks for your comment!

  2. Hello! This is my first time on your blog. I'm glad you "advertised" it on facebook. It'll be so fun to be able to see you up north now when we come to visit! :) Kelli

    1. Hi Kelli! Glad to have you! We look forward to seeing you, too and meeting your little girl. :)

  3. What a lovely list! Let me know if the coconut oil works on the cookies--I have been using it a lot in the last year since I went dairy free. They look yummy! You should add "Come to Oregon" and then the list would be perfect! Merry Christmas! Kelsey

    1. Thanks! I'm hoping the coconut oil will work. I like to stay away from shortening when I can. And we would love to visit you all again sometime! Merry Christmas!

  4. LOVE all the ideas. I think I will "steal" some of them and try to them. LOVE the sending a card to a recovering solider idea.

    1. Thanks, Jenny! Someone had posted the address on Facebook, and I thought it was a great idea, too. Enjoy!