One Sure Way to Make Time for The Things You Love About the Holidays

published Nov 18, 2020
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One of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday season, for me, is reveling in cheesy Christmasy rom-coms. I love few things more than curling up under a blanket with a mug of something warm to watch a small town girl become a princess.

I understand this high-brow film genre isn’t for everyone, though. But I bet you have something you try to consume—movies, music, cookies—every holiday season. By yourself, or with your roommates, partner, or family.

It’s fine if you want to play it by ear and enjoy your preferred traditions more spontaneously. But I find that making a holiday bucket list can be a pretty satisfying exercise to keep yourself busy with fulfilling things to do, watch, eat, or see this year. Especially now that the days all look the same.

Credit: Minette Hand

Day 12: Make a holiday bucket list.

You can do this the old-fashioned way with a notebook and a pen. Or you can keep a digital note on your phone or laptop. Whatever makes sense. Just find a place to start and maintain a holiday season bucket list.

Make a list of the holiday movies you want to watch. Or make a playlist of songs to listen to. Or things to bake. Or things to see. Or books you want to read. Give yourself permission (and a game plan) to indulge in whatever you like to do to make this season feel bright. You can add to this list as the new slate of movies or books come out, or you find a cookie recipe you want to try.

Then make a plan to watch or read or taste it all. Maybe one or two each weekend. Or perhaps you’d rather dedicate your festive day of downtime to getting through it all. This shouldn’t feel like pressure, or another thing to do this season. It should be a resource you can turn to when you’re looking for a satisfying way to fill an afternoon.

Taryn's Tips

Make a list of all the holiday movies you want to watch, books you want to read, or recipes you want to try this season. This way you’ll always have a perfect answer for “What should we do tonight?”

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