Every month in 2015 I’ve put together a ‘Things To Do List” of mostly seasonal activities to keep us inspired throughout the month. I try to thing of 10 things though some months I’ve only managed 6 or 7. There is so much to do in December that I could easily think of 20 or 30 things to add to a list but I’m not sure that’s helpful. December can be a hugely overwhelming time loaded with expectations, invitations and never ending festive chores. So, I’m going to focus on a top 10 list of things to do and remember to focus on what is really important to me which is creating a magical childhood Christmas for my daughters whilst keeping my sanity!
1 – Write to Father Christmas. For us that means, the girls colour the letters in and I write down their wishes. I love doing this and it means a “cut off” point after which no more “I want that” requests can be made! We don’t post ours but I know that the Royal Mail offer a service where you can send your letter to them and they (sorry, Father Christmas) tries to reply. This year I’ve ordered letters for the girls from the NSPCC again. The letters are great quality and I like that they support the charity (suggested donation, £5 for each letter). We also do little videos for them from the Portable North Pole (these are a lot of fun!).
2 – Visit Father Christmas. After we’ve written to him, we’ll visit him too, just to make sure we’re on the good list. This year we’re off to the Santa Spectacular at Willow’s Farm near St Albans. More than just a visit to Santa, the event includes bear making, a Festive Wood Ride, Nativity Story with farmyard animals and an ice rink!
3 – See a show. This is now a tradition for us. For the past two years we’ve seen Christmas Tales at the Chickenshed Theatre and this year we are off to the Cinderella panto at the Millfield Theatre and have already been to see Stick Man at the Leicester Square Theatre.
4 – Read. We’re going to get our Christmas books out this weekend, I wrote about our favourites earlier in the week.
5 – Create. Seren has asked for a crafty type of advent calendar so there is going to be a lot of glitter and jewel stickers involved! I’m making some pompoms for decorations We’ve also have cutters for a gingerbread house that we haven’t used yet.
6 – Walk. The short days and festive lights and decor makes ordinary walks around the neighbourhood a really exciting activity for the kids.
7 – Do something nice for someone else. I think that’s a really important message for the girls to take on board at this time of year. We are donating to the food bank, clearing out old toys for charity and remembering to feed the birds too.
8 – Time for me. I crave time by myself when things get busy and I’m making sure I get it. I’ve also got a hair appointment booked in (first one since April!) and a couple of lunches and nights out with friends.
9 – Christmas Eve traditions. We are still defining these but I prefer it to be a slow day with a bit of baking, watching a film, making reindeer food, visits to friends, a neighbourhood walk and finishing with leaving a mince pie and drink out for Father Christmas (and no last minute shopping, chores and wrapping!).
10 – Reflect. The week in between Christmas and New Year will hopefully allow more quiet time to reflect over 2015 and think about plans for 2016. I also use this time to try to sort out my photos from the year so I just keep the best ones (and maybe even get some printed out too!).
I hope you have a fabulous December whatever you do (and whatever you’re celebrating!).
Other posts – 10 Things To Do In November + 10 Things To Do In January