[S]he's making a list...

(346/365) I wasn't completely successful at filling my 2018 Autumn Bucket List. I didn't knit, walk in the fog, or climb the tower at Holy Hill. We didn't have a bonfire in the backyard, and for the first time since we were married, we didn't carve jack-o-lanterns and roast pumpkin seeds. Nonetheless, I love the idea of intentionally planning for seasonal delights. So, once again inspired by A Beautiful Mess, I'm making a list…

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My 2018 Holiday Bucket List (a bit late, so I already have quite a head start):

  • Deck the halls with snowy and icy ornaments

  • Shop for gifts and send Christmas cards to friends and family 

  • Lovingly wrap packages like Mom and Grandma Dodo always did

  • Enjoy my personal Christmas Playlist from Band-Aid to Bing

  • Make paper snowflakes

  • Burn candles that smell like Christmas trees and peppermint

  • Cuddle with Piper by the fire 

  • Take hikes and pictures in the snow (I'm dreaming of a White Christmas!)

  • Watch White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life

  • Cry when General Waverly inspects the troops at the Inn and when Harry Bailey toasts, "To my big brother, George, the richest man in town!" 

  • Watch Love Actually (this year with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

  • Eat lefse and Norwegian cookies

  • Drink egg nog, hot cocoa with marshmallows, and Champagne

  • Spend Christmas Eve with the Larsons and Christmas Day with the Hornes

  • Go to Christmas Eve Mass and put baby Jesus in the crêche at home

  • Read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with the boys

  • Light the candles on Jesus' birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday 

  • Share Linus' rendition of the Gospel of St. Luke ("That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.")

  • Wrap up another year of Project 365 and begin the next chapter -- stay tuned...!

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