How about this year all of us overworked, frazzled procrastinators have a fun plan to keep us on track? A Christmas Bucket List filled with fun things to do can be that plan, but the activities will also get you in the spirit of Christmas.

. ✧ Mail a Letter to Santa

Get some fancy paper and sparkly pens to write a letter to Santa. His mailing address is hard to forget: Santa, North Pole. The MRA have a special Santa mail box.

✦ Leave Cookies for Santa Claus

Last, but not least for your Christmas bucket list, on December 24th leave cookies for Santa Claus…even if you don’t believe in him anymore. You can eat them in the morning!

Christmas Activities for Kids: Leave Cookies for Santa

✦ Make a Homemade Gift

There is always something special about giving and receiving a homemade gift (it’s a fun thing to do in any season!). It could be a glass frame with pressed wild flowers or pretty smelling soap or infused vodka—the possibilities are endless!

✧ Connect With an Out of Town Friend

The holiday season is the perfect time catch up with an old friend that you haven’t connected with in a while. So, give them a quick call or text and set up a time to get together.

✦ Make an Ornament

Put on your creative activity hat for this Christmas bucket list idea and make your own holiday ornaments for your tree or someone elses. Most craft stores carry clear bulbs that can be filled with an array of festive things.

DIY Christmas Craft: Make your own ornament

✦ Create Handmade Christmas Cards

With a collection of papers, ribbons, glue and some decorative pieces you can create some pretty festive Christmas cards that will WOW your family and friends. 

✦ Make a Christmas Tune Playlist

Christmas music has come a long way over the years—it seems like every major artist has a song or album.

✦ Make Paper Snowflakes

Making paper snowflakes is one of those activities for the whole family. You can make some to hang on the tree, decorate presents with others and even stick a few on the windows of your home for the neighbors to see.

✦ Donate a Toy

Christmas is all about giving, and giving a gift to a child in need is one of the most rewarding things to do this holiday—a heartwarming addition to your Christmas bucket list! 

 ✦Make a Wreath for Your Front Door

Give your guests a warm welcome by placing a beautiful crafted wreath on your front door.

Wreath for Your Front Doo

✧ Hide or Find the Elf on a Shelf

At the beginning of the holiday season, this cute elf is placed all around the home acting as Santa’s eyes and ears, making sure all the children are behaving. Each night after the children have gone to bed he goes back to the North Pole to report to Santa. He returns to the home in the morning, but always to a different location. If you have kids (or even want to play along with your housemate), it’s fun to hide and find him. It’s one of those activities for all ages!

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

✧ Build a Gingerbread House

There nothing that says Christmas quite like the house filled with the smell of gingerbread and a table ready for home construction. 

Gingerbread House Kit - Wilton Christmas Pre-Assembled House, Includes: House, Icing, Fondant, Candies, Decorating Bag & Tip - Bundled With Extra Candy!

 ✦ Do a Random Act of Kindness

Random acts of kindness are some of the most fulfilling and sweetest things you could ever do, especially when it is done for a complete stranger. Donate food, pay the bridge tool for the person behind you or feed someone’s parking meter—the possibilities are endless

✦ Spend the Day Baking Christmas Cookies

Who doesn’t like a home filled with the smells of fresh-baked cookies? It doesn’t matter whether it’s snickerdoodles, crinkles or simple sugar cookies, spend an entire day just baking. Afterwards, you can even organize a cookie exchange with friends and family.

Spend the Day Baking Christmas Cookies

✦ Take a Family Christmas Photo

One of the more standard Christmas activities, but totally a fun one, is to take a Chirstmassy photo together with the whole family. It will make for such sweet memories in the future. You might even be inclined to make it a yearly tradition to have multiple photo memories to reminisce and compare over. To make it really memorable, get everyone dressed up, maybe according to a theme or in ugly Christmas sweaters, and take a fun portrait! 

✦ Start a New Tradition

With so much joy, Christmas is the perfect time to start a new tradition that will live on in years to come. It can be anything from a special dish you cook every holiday season to volunteering at the local shelter to Christmas caroling. Anything goes! 

Annette White decorating a Christmas Tree

✧ Have a Christmas Craft Day with Your Kids

There are plenty of ideas on this list for crafts that you could do with your kids, and one great idea would be take take all of them and have the ultimate Christmas craft day with your kids!

✦ Eat a Candy Cane

With a long lasting Christmas tradition, a candy cane is THE sweet treat to have over the holidays. And since during Christmas is absolutely okay to feast up and eat yourself silly, go on and have all the candy canes you can stomach to have until you hit that sugar high.

Christmas Candy Cane

✦ Hold a Cookie Swap

A cookie swap is just like a potluck, but with people bringing home baked cookies instead of a variety of other dishes. This year, consider hosting your own cookie swap! You can assign your guests with specific type of cookies or cookie categories… or you can just let them choose whatever they feel the most comfortable baking.

✦ Wear a Santa Hat in Public

The shops are full of Santa hats for purchase, so why not buy one for yourself, too? Then wear it in public to show the world just how high in Christmas spirits you are. Don’t worry about people gazing at you, they’ll just be jealous they didn’t think of it first!