A 2016 Christmas Must-Do List

Christmas is always the time of year where I have such high hopes and ambitions for ALL the activities that we will do. And then, somehow, I look at the calendar and it’s already December 15th and my Christmas activities list is none-the-shorter. As I look back on last year’s Christmas must-do, I’ve decided some updates are in order. So here goes our 2016 Christmas must-do list.

  1. Decorate for Christmas. Hopefully, you’ve already done this by now, but it feels most important to enjoying the holidays in your home. If your curious to see how our retro, hand-me-down Christmas theme turned out, take a look at this post.
  2. Get your fill of the 25 Days of Christmas. Every day brings one cheesy Christmas movie after the next and it really does put you in the Christmas spirit.  
  3. Make a Christmas DIY. Because let’s be honest, Christmas decor can be expensive. Why not DIY that decor you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest? Last year, a Christmas wreath was on my to-do list, and this year is no different, but I hope to actually make one this time around. 
  4. Bake Christmas cookies. Southern Living has the ultimate guide to Christmas cookies in their most recent December mag, and I hope to try my hand at a few batches.
  5. Find the best Christmas lights in town. I’ve heard that Juniper Street in Sterling has amazing lights, but honestly, if I live in Fairfax, I’m probably not making the trip. Kirktree Ct in Fairfax is a favorite of ours to visit all seasons of the year and I’ve heard that the street is quite lit. πŸ˜‰ 
  6. Throw a Christmas party. Ringing in the Christmas season is always best done with the people you love. Try an ornament exchange, or an ugly Christmas sweater party. When you’re with friends, any Christmas activity is better. 
  7. Spend a day in DC. Last year, Matt and I had an awesome Christmas date in DC. Zoo Lights, ice skating at the National Gallery of Art and seeing the National Christmas Tree are just a few of the holiday activities we recommend. 
  8. Check out a city-wide Christmas event. Whether it’s a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, or a Christmas arts and crafts show or a Winterfest, a city-wide holiday event will definitely bring some Christmas cheer to you and your family. Fun in Fairfax has a great list of Christmas events in Northern Virginia that you should definitely check out. 
  9. Go Christmas shopping. This might be best done from your couch at home, or at a special Christmas shopping event like in Mosaic District, but either way, you won’t want to leave this must-do till the night before. πŸ˜‰
  10. This one will remain the same as last year– Slow down enough to soak in this season of advent. Because the Word became flesh and dwelled among us to be a light in the darkness (John 1). I pray that you will experience the light of Christ this Christmas.


What’s on your Christmas must-do list?

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