38 Festive Ideas to Add to Your Christmas Bucket List

They don't call Christmastime "the most wonderful time of the year" for nothing.

Whether you actually celebrate the holiday or simply love all of the wholesome festivities that surround it, there's a lot to enjoy about Christmas—so much, in fact, that we had to create an entire bucket list for it. With that said, here's your go-to list of ideas to add to your Christmas bucket list:

Food-Related Ideas for Your Christmas Bucket List

Thanksgiving isn't the only food-related holiday to get excited about once the weather starts taking a chillier turn. Christmas is just as full of feasts and goodies galore to get excited about. Give your taste buds their own gift this holiday season by incorporating some of these food-related ideas onto your Christmas bucket list:

  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Or host a Christmas cookie bake-off (you can even donate the proceeds to charity to spread some extra holiday cheer)
  • Collect items for a food drive
  • Cook a Christmas Eve feast for your family
  • Try fruitcake
  • Make gingerbread men
  • Make a gingerbread house to accompany them
  • Have a Christmas day brunch
  • Make popcorn garland to decorate your tree (and eat half the batch while you're at it)
  • Drink eggnog
  • Or hot cocoa (preferably by the fire)
  • Make a hot chocolate or Christmas cookie "charcuterie board"

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Gifting Fun to Add to Your Christmas Bucket List

'Tis the season for giving after all, right? When it comes to your Christmas bucket list, it simply wouldn't be complete without a few gift-related ideas (whether they be self-care gifts for yourself or for all your friends and family, we won't judge):

  • Participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange
  • And/or a white elephant gift exchange
  • Create a wish list on Elfster
  • Give gifts to your favorite teachers or bosses at work
  • Get each member of your immediate family a present
  • Get each of the family pets a present
  • Make a handmade gift for someone
  • Don't forget to get yourself a gift
  • Go Black Friday shopping just for fun (AKA avoid anywhere that might get too wild with real-deal hunters)
  • Stuff stockings

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New and Old Traditions for Your Christmas Bucket List

And finally, it wouldn't be a Christmas bucket list if you didn't keep a few holiday traditions going, right? Whether you're trying them for the first time or they're a can't-miss deal for your family each year, these activities are worth keeping on your nice list this year:

  • Make Christmas cards
  • Create a new holiday tradition
  • Go ice skating
  • Decorate the tree
  • Make your own ornaments to commemorate the year
  • Take a Christmas photo to send to your family that you can't see in person this year
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen, animal shelter or another place that needs help over the holiday
  • Build a snowman
  • Watch classic Christmas movies
  • Watch the 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform
  • Watch all the Christmas episodes of your favorite shows
  • Have a Christmas song sing-a-long
  • Have everyone in your home open one present on Christmas Eve
  • Sit around the tree to open gifts on Christmas morning
  • Go on a Christmas morning walk
  • Make your own wrapping paper out of recycled paper bags

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The ideas for your Christmas bucket list don't need to end there, though—it's all up to you and your imagination at the end of the (holi)day! And if you want to spice up your bucket list with some wintery fun that isn'just related to Christmas, you can check out some ideas for your winter bucket list by clicking HERE.