NEXT year's Christmas Bucket List

Monday, December 14, 2015

First, thank y'all so much for all of the encouragement I got on my 17 weeks of pregnancy post, it was so sweet to see many friends reach out about wanting me to keep posting. Y'all are the best. :)

This time of year I love reading about how different families celebrate Christmas. I'm all about the traditions. This year, Ben and I got to contribute our newlywed traditions to a feature in Southern Weddings V8, pictured below.

We shared our Christmas morning tradition, eating homemade cinnamon rolls under the Christmas tree. When we talked about what we wanted to send in, Ben exclaimed "That's our only tradition?! We need more!" Well ask and you shall receive, dear husband. This year, anticipating how different Christmas will be from here on out has been SO fun. This week I got a cute little children's Christmas baking apron on sale at Williams Sonoma, and went ahead and got Sweet Baby Strader a stocking so that I can get it monogrammed along with other goods this Spring and not have to worry about it next fall. I've especially enjoyed reading about sweet families and all the fun traditions they do. Although I'm sure we'll figure out what works for our family over time, these are a few things that really caught my eye.

Momfessionals North Pole Breakfast (I don't know if we'll do elf on the shelf but I really loved this idea!)
Yearly photos with Santa (so I can display them all together each year like in this post)
Christmas Pajamas (!!! can't help myself. Already bought one set!)
Visiting all the decorations at the Gaylord Texan
Doing an angel tree or Operation Christmas child for each little in our family
Making a salt dough handprint ornament each year, for us and for grandparents
Make a gingerbread house
My friend Jamie listed a BUNCH of sweet ideas!
This won't work for every year.. but I'd love for #SweetBabyStrader to host a Christmas cookies party one year!

That list might not seem long, or maybe it is.. but it makes me so excited! Obviously we'll be the ones really enjoying them next year, not our 7 month old.. haha! Did you grow up with any extra sweet holiday traditions? It is so so fun to hear about what everyone does to celebrate!


  1. Oh you just wait for the Christmas jammies, it is all my Jax has been wearing! So jealous you have a Gaylord to go look at during the holidays, those resorts are just stunning!

  2. Your ideas are lovely, Victoria! When our girls were little we bought them a piece of a nativity set each year for CHRISTmas so by the time they left home they had a complete set to take with them. (Willow Tree and Fontannini are wonderful sets which can be bought a little bit at a time.) We also bought each girl an ornament each year which represented something special to them from the year. My tree has less on it now that they've each taken their own sets, but it's wonderful to see the same ornaments on their trees. And even though they're now 27, 25 and 22 they still look forward to a new ornament each year!

  3. Love these ideas! I'm a BIG traditions girl as well so I get all giddy making new traditions with my husband. How fun it will be to make more with your sweet new baby. :) A few traditions we do a photo frame ornament to put family photo from that year in, Starbucks + drive around looking at Christmas lights, and going to our town squares annual Christmas tree lighting. Growing up my sisters and I got to pick out a new ornament each year and that was always fun to do and look back on!

  4. I love how you linked to both Shay's and Andrea's posts!!! BFFs for life!

  5. This is my husband and I's first Christmas together and we have loved putting together boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  6. Love all these ideas! Christmas with littles is SO fun (even if they have no idea what's going on ha!!) xO

  7. You listed a lot of the ones that we plan to do with our little guy (9 months) as he gets older. Another we were planning on doing is using the heifer organization (or something of the sort) and have each kiddo pick out an animal to gift to a family overseas for sustainable living :)

  8. Love all these ideas! That North Pole breakfast always looks SO amazing.


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