2020 Holiday Bucket List

2020 has been a challenging year, which is why we owe it to ourselves to find a little holiday spirit before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve! We know that the holiday can fly by in a blur of cooking, shopping, volunteering, (and shoveling) – which is why we have decided to make a holiday bucket list this year to keep the focus on what truly matters – connection and carbs.

Sure, we’ll still get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everything December brings with it, but we want to make sure to stop and smell the roses – ehem, pine trees – before it’s all over. So here’s what we’re hoping to cross off of our list (and checking it twice!) – feel free to use our ideas for inspiration and create your own with the printable bucket list we’ve included at the bottom of this post! (We’d love to see them on Instagram – tag us at @bluebird.in.a.box!)

Write little notes about what is giving you a grateful heart this year on small pieces of paper (in your favorite holiday colors) and tape them in clever places all over the house

Make or bake a beloved family recipe you haven’t had in years.

Donate old blankets and homemade pet treats to an animal shelter.

Go snow painting and leave anonymous art around town (like a holiday Banksy!)

Unplug for an entire night to drink hot chocolate (possibly spiked) and watch a Christmas movie marathon.

Light a fire in the fireplace or queue up a YouTube yule log on TV every night.

Make Santa and snowman pancakes (yes, even if you’re a grown-up!)

Visit a big box store and ask if any families have put purchases on layaway – then be a Secret Santa and pay off the balance of their bill.

Find the best holiday light display in the area, and take a nighttime drive to enjoy the creativity.

Invent a new holiday tradition (read about the traditions of people around the world for inspiration).

Host a no-contact cookie exchange with a group of friends.

Spend a day volunteering for a care home (safely, which may mean doing something virtually, like writing letters or making homemade presents).

Take a winter hike on a snowy day and make snow angels.

Host a night of caroling on Zoom with friends.

Choose matching jammies for the family and take a silly group photo wearing them.

Buy lots of inexpensive candles and have a candlelit night at home in remembrance of those who are not with you this year.

Write a letter to Santa about what you wish for in 2021.

Select a unique, personal ornament for each member of the family.

Read a favorite heartwarming novel.

Keep the holiday scents going all month long with a stovetop spice pot.


Click here to download our premade 2020 Holiday Bucket List. If you’re feeling inspired to create your own bucket list, click here to download our blank template!