Cross-Cultural Interaction, Holidays, Seasonal Activities

Winter bucket list

As fall came to a close, I had come to terms with the fact that I probably wasn’t going to make good progress on my fall bucket list this year. I really was ok with that. I’ve done a lot of other cool things this fall, including several amazing trips and getting my first book published.

When I mentioned to my husband that I probably wouldn’t do a lot of the fall activities I normally do, however, he would have none of it. He immediately swung into action. “But these are traditions,” he insisted. “We have to do them!”

My husband doesn’t really care about traditions, and I know that. But I do, and he cares about me. The fact that he was so insistent on crossing off my annual traditions really warmed my heart.

So, thanks to Michael, I was able to do way better on my fall bucket list than I thought I would. And now, although the weather is getting to be a bit too chilly for my taste, I have the holiday season to look forward to – the most wonderful time of the year!

Here are some of the things I’m going to try to do this winter:

  • Make a Thanksgiving tree. Michael and I started this our first year of marriage, and it’s been one of my most anticipated activities every year since. We encourage friends and family to add leaves to the tree for things they’re thankful for, and by the end of the year it’s become a community record of gratefulness. Beautiful!
  • Fill boxes for Operation Christmas Child. My parents started filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and ever since then this ministry has been near and dear to my heart. Find out more about them on their website.
  • Make a gingerbread house. I made my first-ever gingerbread house with Michael 3 years ago. It was an elaborate beach shack, complete with a palm tree, surfboard, and nearby beach…and it was SO MUCH FUN to make! Think I can top the beach shack this year?
  • Make some sort of baked good to give to friends and neighbors. This is an old family tradition in my home. I have many sweet memories of making sugared peanuts with my mother as a child, and I’m looking forward to making baked goods to give away with my children someday. For now, though, I’ll just keep up the tradition on my own!
  • Go on a Christmas Tour of Homes. A great holiday activity for someone like me who likes to look at other people’s houses! 😉
  • Watch the Tournament of Roses parade on January 1st. One of these days I’ll make it out to Pasadena to see this in person, but for now I’ll have to be content with watching it on the TV.
  • Drink hot cocoa, go light hunting, and watch old Christmas movies. Not every tradition has to be a big deal! These are little things that I look forward to every year. It’s so wonderful to always have something you can look forward to!

I hope my list has inspired you to make your own winter bucket list. Let me know what you’ll be doing in the comments :).


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