Our Christmas Bucket List: Week 1

by Melody on December 5, 2011

In the spirit of our loosely-written Christmas Bucket List, I thought I would share what we have been doing to celebrate the holiday season.  Nothing earth-shattering, but easy and simple fun.  It is truly miraculous to experience the holidays through a child’s eyes.  Our oldest son is 3 1/2 and this is the first year that he really “gets” the holiday.  I have always loved this time of year, but it’s awfully humbling to watch him light up and enjoy it all for the first time.

We watched the amazing light show at Senske Lawn & Tree Care.  This is the first time we realized our son had an opinion about Santa.  His opinion: It’s much better to stand in the corner, wave and make silly faces at Santa then sit on his lap.  Or go anywhere near him.

We packed up the kids and headed out to Bill’s Berry Farm in Grandview to pick out our Christmas tree.  We paid an outrageously reasonable price for the most adorable tree I’ve ever seen, drank hot chocolate, fed the goats and sang Christmas carols with sleigh bells on a hayride.  All while eating candy canes.  I think we may have been in the feel-good movie of the year.

We made Spicy Camp Bars and Pumpkin Waffles from The Farm Chicks amazing cookbook.  Have I mentioned my new-found adoration for the Farm Chicks?  I doubled the waffle recipe so I could throw some in the freezer (and because they were so delicious).  However, I forgot how long it takes to make a double batch of waffles when you only have one waffle iron.  Thank goodness we didn’t have anywhere to be.

We decorated our Christmas tree and put up a few decorations.  We left off the majority of the heavy ornaments, apparently 18-month old boys like to take Christmas balls off the tree and then hurl them back at the tree.  Who knew?

We also had a fun movie night with Will Ferrell and the movie Elf.  Our son giggled through most of it and thanks to this Melissa & Doug Alphabet Train Puzzle, yelled out “That’s a Narwhal!” in the beginning of the movie.  My husband and I just stared at each other in disbelief.

How are you enjoying this holiday season?  What fun traditions does your family have?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Dani December 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

hahaha. Narwhal is the best!


Karen December 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Just curious what an outrageously reasonable price is?? 🙂


Sarah December 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Hi Karen! Melody just called me and asked me to let you know that her tree was $27, (she’s getting her hair done and couldn’t get into the comments on her phone). It’s a 5 foot tall grand fir and Melody says it’s the freshest tree she’s EVER bought!


Trina December 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

We also got a tree at Bill’s, and I realized after we got it up in the house that it is the nicest-looking tree we’ve had EVER, in 12 years of marriage. We paid $45 for a 6 or 7′ Nor??? tree, I don’t remember the specifics except the price! I know we could’ve gotten one cheaper (& closer) elsewhere, but the family farm day experience at Bill’s, and supporting what their family is all about, was worth it to me.


Melody December 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Seriously. Ours is the nicest, fullest and least dorky looking tree we’ve ever had. We usually get one with a huge empty spot or a totally crooked top. This year’s is perfect! I too like supporting Bill’s, they are such a great family place.


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