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Christmas Bucket List

Have you ever felt so excited to celebrate a season or an event, but after it was over you felt like you missed it? That is me and Christmas.

For years I prepared myself that it was going to be the year that I didn’t let Christmas come and go without participating in the celebration. But every year, Christmas Day rolled around and I was weighed down by the feeling that in the midst of all of the busyness, I missed celebrating the most important part – Jesus. I didn’t make the time I wanted to reflect on what His birth really meant and I didn’t take time to do the Christmas activities that bring my heart joy.

In December 2015, I was gearing myself up that this was going to be THE year. It was my first Christmas post-college and in this new season of life, I wanted to change the way I approached Christmas. One of the lessons I learned from my college Resident Director, Hannah, was to be fully present in every season. She had our RA team do a fall bucket list one year. I remember that it actually helped me to stop and enjoy the fall season in the midst of the busyness of college, so I decided to do it with Christmas.

I bought Christmas themed scrapbook paper, cut out fun shapes, hung a piece of yarn with small clothes pins on my wall, and made a Christmas bucket list. The purpose: to remind myself to be present during the Christmas season and to make time to celebrate what matters most. The result: It WAS the year!

Both last year and this year, I have made Christmas bucket lists and it is a tradition I have grown to deeply love. The items that I put on it each year aren’t necessarily big things, but they are things that remind me of Jesus in one way or another, even Chick-fil-A milkshakes.

Here is my Christmas 2017 Bucket List:

  1. Consume at least 2 Chocolate Chip Peppermint Milkshake from Chick-fil-A.
  2. Decorate the Christmas tree.
  3. Bake Christmas cookies.
  4. Look at Christmas lights.
  5. Read through an Advent book.
  6. Walk around a Christmas tree farm.
  7. Participate in a service project.
  8. Sit by the fire place.
  9. Pick out an ornament to commemorate the year.
  10. Listen through my favorite Christmas album.
  11. Attend Christmas Eve service with my family.
  12. Read the Christmas story on Christmas morning.

What are 3 things that you could do this Christmas season to celebrate Jesus?

Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Sales Coordinator. She's working her way towards an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Life Coaching at Liberty University, and she can polish off a pint of ice cream in one hour.