I shared our bucket list 2 weeks ago and soon afterwards I got a TERRIBLE cold. Easily the worst cold that I have had in years, not that any of them are good. I’ll be honest, the cold made me angry. It was the most wonderful time of the year and I felt like garbage. At first I felt too badly to care, then I became annoyed. I thought that surely our bucket list suffered for it. But when I took at look to see how we were doing so far, I was surprised!
Even though we had been terribly sick, we were still doing the same things we do every single year. Sorry to anyone we “shared” our germs with along the way. Today I wanted to take a moment to catch you up on our holiday adventures so far.
Polar Express movie night
I failed to take photos of this night. I was way to busy playing hostess and making 36 dinner rolls. But I did make a special chalk board for the occasion. This is year #3 of our Polar Express movie night and a tradition I hope the Lances and the Newmans keep for MANY years to come. I mean our kids will still want to watch the Polar Express when there 16, 15 & 13… right?!?!
Mail Christmas Cards
Christmas cards were sent a long time ago. I was excited to hear from several friends that I was their very first Christmas card of the year too!
See Santa Claus
We’ve seen Santa 3 times already and we have 2 more planned for this week. Good thing we know that the REAL Santa lives at Silver Dollar City, otherwise that would just be confusing ;). I honestly thought that Marissa would start asking questions this year, nope. She must take after her mama. Some days I still think that I believe in Santa.
Ride The Polar Express
We bought tickets for the Polar Bear Express back in October! It is actually a 100-year-old trolley that goes around a local park. It was a lot of fun and a teensy bit creepy too. One year I would LOVE to take the girls to an actual Polar Express train but man the tickets to those things are expensive. Our little trolley ride was the perfect inexpensive family night.
Make a Gingerbread House
My biggest take away from this year is that next year I need to get two houses. The creative differences become more apparent every year. One year I would love to make a gingerbread house from scratch with the girls. But they will have to be a lot more helpful in the kitchen before that happens.
Attend a Christmas parade
We usually go to our towns annual Christmas parade but it was FREEZING that night and we felt like garbage so we called the light parade at Silver Dollar City good enough.
I LOVE celebrating advent with the girls. It is something we have done for the past several years and it is always so special. This year we are reading The Jesus Story Book Bible Advent plan and we have our Advent wreath. We also read a few scriptures from the Christmas story every day.
Journey to Bethlehem
This is by far my favorite thing that we have done so far. A local church has done this for years now and it was our first time attending. It is an outdoor event where you and a group of people are walked through a journey, like you are reporting for the census. There are shepherds, soldiers, wise men, and more along the way. In the end you end up at the stable. The girls had the BEST time and so did we. We’ll definitely go back again.
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus… and Emily. That girl. She couldn’t get close enough.
Christmas themed breakfast
We had our North Pole breakfast early in the Christmas season this year. I even blogged about some tips to help you start this tradition with your family!
Visit Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is a yearly Christmas highlight. This year it was MUCH busier than normal, which had me wishing that we had gone before Thanksgiving, but we still had a great time. You can read more about it here.
So we are halfway through our list and halfway to Christmas too! I think we are right on track!
What Christmas activity has been your favorite so far?!
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