15 things to do before Christmas (i.e. the ultimate Christmas Bucket List)

Christmas is my FAVOURITE holiday of the year. I love the lights, the decorations, the music and, of course, the food. Aside from spending quality time with people I care about, below are fifteen things (in no particular order) that get me super excited about Christmas time.

1. Go to a Christmas Market

Having grown up in Germany, I can’t imagine Christmas without going to at least one.

2. See some Christmas Lights

I was introduced to this when I spent my first Christmas in Chicago. The Christmas Lights at the Lincoln Zoo where magical! Now that I’m living in London, I’m still spoiled for choice. Last year, Kew Gardens was my (slightly pricey) favourite.

Kew at Christmas

3. Watch “Home Alone”

1 or 2, the choice is yours. Get comfy on the couch and have some popcorn, pizza and a sundae. Optional hiding under the blanket if the doorbell rings.

4. Drink Mulled Wine or Cider (or spiced juice)

Nothing like warming your hands on the hot cup, the steam warming your face and the smell of the spices tickling your nose.

5. Decorate for Christmas

You don’t need a tree or big decorations. But putting something seasonal up always gets me in the holiday spirit. This year I’m loving these little houses from Ivestown.

6. Bake Christmas Cookies

The smell of Christmas cookies & not to mention the taste. Need I say more?

7. Wrap up warm and go for a winter walk

Ideally you’ll walk through some snow (or frost), but I can’t even remember a white Christmas season. Going to see Christmas lights counts too.

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8. Watch “Die Hard”

The Christmas movie for those who say they’re too cool for Christmas. They’re not. They’re just pretending.

9. Go Ice Skating

Last year, I went for the first time in about a decade. It was such fun, I totally want to go again! Especially if it’s against a gorgeous backdrop. Again, London means I’m spoiled for choice.

10. Have Raclette

It’s food with lots of cheese melted over it. It’s basically an excuse to eat melted cheese. ‘Nuff said.

11. Eat Gingerbread

My mum makes the best gingerbread, hands down. The taste instantly makes me feel christmassy and at home.

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12. Spend a day curled up with a good book and don’t leave the house

That’s what every day after Christmas Eve consisted of when I was a kid: Devouring the books I’d been given for Christmas, alongside Christmas cookies. Looking for some inspiration on what to read? Check out my autumn reading list.

13. Spend an evening in front of a fireplace

Ideally a real one. But turning your TV into a fireplace is acceptable too.

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14. Listening to Christmas Songs while decorating/baking

Listening to the Josh Groban Christmas album and the classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole & Co is just something that never fails to give me goosebumps and get me excited that it’s Christmas time.

15. Have hot chocolate (bonus points if it’s with marshmallows)

As a bonus, my current favourite is even really good for you (minus the marshmallows).

1 Cup Milk (I favour almond, cashew and coconut)

2 Tbsps Cocoa

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Coconut oil

Pinch of:



Cayenne Pepper


Put it all in a pan, heat & whisk.

Enjoy ❤

What’s on your list?