Ideas for Your Christmas Bucket List

Are you looking for ideas for your Christmas Bucket List, 25 Days of Serving, or 25 Days of Blessings? I have compiled a list of ideas for you. The list is divided into 4 categories: Serving, Giving, Encouraging, and Experiencing.

Have fun compiling your bucket list for this Christmas season!

 

Serving

  • Volunteer at a local food pantry or soup kitchen.
  • Read Christmas stories at a local preschool or children’s hospital.
  • Help with the children’s Christmas program at church
  • Take a meal to someone who is shut-in or to a family in need
  • Help someone carry their bags
  • Offer to go Christmas shopping with an elderly person or to do their shopping for them
  • Go Christmas caroling at a nursing home
  • Go to an elderly person’s home and help them clean and decorate for Christmas
  • Offer to babysit for a single mom so she can go Christmas shopping
  • Ring bells for the Salvation Army
  • Shovel snow for a neighbor, single mom, or an elderly person
  • Volunteer at a local pet shelter
  • Host a Christmas party for your neighbors
  • Pass out sack lunches to the homeless
  • Sign up to be a Big Brother or Big Sister
  • See a need and then fill it.

Giving

  • Put together manna bags to give to the homeless
  • Mail a holiday card and/or care package to soldiers stationed overseas
  • Put together care packages for college students to take with them when they head back to school
  • Send a “sunshine box” to a friend who needs some encouragement
  • Adopt a family in need.
  • Buy gifts for a child on an “Angel Tree”
  • Donate gifts to Toys for Tots
  • Adopt a missionary family and send them a holiday care package
  • Sponsor a child through World Vision or Compassion International.
  • Buy a cow, pig, goat, etc. through World Vision to help feed families in third world countries
  • Put extra change in a meter that’s about to expire
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in line
  • Leave your server a generous tip (and don’t forget to add an encouraging note)
  • Donate blood
  • Donate clothing, household items, books, etc. that you don’t need
  • Bring treats to the office for your co-workers
  • Donate food & hygiene products to a local homeless shelter
  • Pass out candy canes or another Christmas candy when running errands.
  • Bake Christmas cookies and take to the local fire department or police department
  • Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
  • Contact your local women’s shelter and ask about donating presents for the families there.
  • Crochet or knit hats, scarves, and blankets and then donate
  • Host a Sole Hope Shoe Party
  • Donate supplies to a shelter or youth home
  • Plant a tree
  • Take a “sustenance basket” to a friend in the hospital

Encouraging Others

  • Give compliments
  • Smile
  • Take the time to really listen the next time you ask someone how they are
  • Make a personalized playlist for a family member or friend
  • Say “thank you”
  • Write a letter of appreciation to someone who has been a positive influence on you
  • Call a friend or family member that you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Sit with someone who is eating alone
  • Write a letter to a family member or friend that you haven’t contacted in a while.
  • Send Christmas cards
  • Post a Bible verse on social media
  • Share a post from your favorite blogger
  • Pick 5 people and leave an encouraging comment on Facebook or Twitter
  • Write a note or send a post letting someone know that you are praying for them
  • Pass out sets of Scripture cards
  • Make a friendship kit, sister kit, or “survival” kit
  • Sit next to someone who is sitting alone at church or invite them to sit with you
  • Invite your pastor’s family over for dinner
  • Offer a hug
  • Pay attention. Be present.
  • Visit your parents and grandparents
  • Leave a treat for your mail carrier

Experiencing

  • Drink a lot of hot chocolate
  • Light a fire in the fireplace
  • Have a movie night (alone or with family or friends)
  • Drive & see the lights
  • Host a Christmas party
  • Decorate Christmas cookies
  • Watch The Nutcracker
  • Make a Christmas ornament
  • Go Christmas caroling
  • Go on a local Christmas home tour
  • Decorate your Christmas tree
  • Decorate your house or apartment
  • Create a Christmas playlist
  • Kiss someone under the mistletoe
  • Make homemade gifts
  • Have a game night with friends
  • Build a snowman
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Go sledding
  • Make bird seed ornaments & hang in the trees outside
  • Write a list of everything you are grateful for
  • Make paper chains
  • Wear a Santa hat
  • Take a picture with Santa
  • Make your own wrapping paper
  • Bake cinnamon rolls
  • Have new photos taken
  • Take lots of photos
  • Make Christmas candy
  • Create a Christmas journal
  • Decorate a gingerbread house
  • Go ice skating
  • Read a classic Christmas novel like Dickens’ Christmas Carol
  • “Elf” your neighbor
  • Go on a sleigh ride
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Read the story of Christ’s birth

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