The Christmas count down has finally begun, and I have so much to do between now and the 25th.
There are many things I need to do like sit down and write out all my cards, wrap presents, and decorate the tree. I also have a long list of things I'd like to do over the festive season, such as make Christmas crackers, bake Christmas cookies, visit a Christmas craft fair, and make festive hoop art. I have a festive to-do list a mile long! What can I say? I'm a Christmas enthusiast.
I thought I'd share some of my Christmas goals with you today to give you guys a few ideas on what to get up to this Christmas. I'll be sharing 50 of them to be exact. Please feel free to do as many goals from my list as you like!
These are 50 of the things I want to do this Christmas.
1. Buy a little Christmas tree for my bedroom.
2. Decorate my bedroom for Christmas, so I can still enjoy the festive cheer while resting in bed.
3. Decorate the tree and put up decorations with my family. Find some new ways to deck the halls that Rosie can't reach and destroy.
4. Go to Bourton-on-the-Water's Christmas lights event. It's so beautiful and idyllic at Christmas (even more so than usual). Their Christmas tree stands in the river running through the village, and the fairy lights twinkle on the water. It's magical.
5. Make it to my town's Christmas lights event. I haven't made it in a few years, but it always helps to get me in to the festive spirit.
6. Finish the two Christmas cross stitch samplers I'm working on. (Edit: One down, one to go!)
7. Make the last four Christmas cross stitch cards I've yet to finish.
8. Make the little cross stitch ornament I've been meaning to make for years.
9. Make lots of hand-embroidered festive hoop art, and turn them in to some kind of wall feature. I have the supplies, I just need to get cracking.
10. Dress Rosie in a Christmas jumper. Boohoo have some really cute ones. I bought her this one.
11. Make some Christmas cookies and cupcakes.
12. Make some Christmas dog biscuits for Rosie and Mia (Marie's German shepherd).
13. Make Christmas crackers. I won't be making them entirely from scratch; I've got a kit from Hobbycraft, and will probably fill them with fancy chocolates and scratch cards this year.
14. Put together some table favours as an extra treat for my family during Christmas dinner.
15. Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Hogwarts In The Snow. I don't know if I'll make it, but I'd really like to go while it's dressed up for Christmas.
16. Count down to Christmas with a beauty Advent calendar. I bought the L'Occitane calendar this year.
17. Visit Blenheim Palace while it's decorated for Christmas, ideally for its Christmas craft fair.
18. Buy a new dress to wear on Christmas Day.
19. Try the Christmas nail wraps and false nails I bought.
20. Put together a Christmas box of goodies to enjoy on Christmas Eve.
21. Buy new Christmas PJs to wear on Christmas Eve night / Christmas morning.
22. Read my cloth-bound copy of A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories by Dickens.
23. Watch It's A Wonderful Life for the first time. I bought the DVD a few years ago, and I still haven't got around to watching it. This year I definitely will.
24. Watch Christmas With The Coopers for the first time.
25. Make my apple and blackberry trifle. It's a tradition for me to make it every Christmas Eve, and it's delicious, if I do say so myself.
26. Make a new dessert. I'm thinking maybe something salted-caramel flavoured.
27. Visit the Appleton Christmas barn. It's just a little farm near Abingdon selling Christmas trees, with a couple of reindeer to see, and a barn converted in to a Christmas shop, but it's lovely and they sell the most beautiful, Christmas decorations.
28. Play board games over the holidays.
29. Have lots of festive movie marathons. Who am I kidding? I've already had a few of these! I regret nothing.
30. Get myself a cheap Cadbury chocolate Advent calendar, like I had when I was a kid. (Check!)
31. Do my best to blog festive posts every day. I've already got a few posts written and scheduled, and have heaps of ideas, so fingers crossed I'll be around more this Christmas!
32. Go for a long drive to spot Christmas lights, not just around my home town but also around the much prettier little Cotswold villages that surround my home town.
33. Make a yule log- I've not made one since I was a kid, but I'd like to give one a go.
34. Buy or make a wreath for my front door.
35. Relax and de-stress with a Christmas colouring book. (I've bought two that I'll be reviewing soon!)
36. Go late night Christmas shopping in Oxford or Cheltenham to soak up the festive atmosphere.
37. Visit a European Christmas market.
38. Go to Hobbycraft and buy all of the festive gift-wrapping and crafting things. Buy all the ribbons!
39. Read a new-to-me Christmas-themed novel. Any suggestions?
40. Take lots of photos every day. Shouldn't be hard, considering it's me.
41. Make a gingerbread house. I've always wanted to make one.
42. Watch a new-to-me Christmas movie, either at home or at the cinema.
43. Try some of the new Christmas Yankee Candles. They all smell so good.
44. Write out my Christmas cards and send them out with plenty of time before Christmas.
45. Make some kind of feature out of all the paper honeycomb decorations we have.
46. Buy at least one new Christmas decoration.
47. Try a seasonal coffee or hot chocolate that I haven't tried before.
48. Buy a new Christmas novelty bag.
49. Reread Little Women. It's the perfect festive read.
50. Wrap all of the presents for my friends and family as beautifully as I can.
What's on the top of your Christmas to-do list?