I like the idea of a bucket list. I really do. But we really try hard to keep our Christmas-focus on Jesus. We don’t celebrate elves or reindeer or Santa. We celebrate Jesus.
And while I’m happy for anyone who chooses differently — it’s a personal choice, not a matter of salvation — I find it incredibly difficult to find resources that honor our choice. We needed a Christmas bucket list. And we needed one that focused on Jesus. So I created one. Here is our free printable Christ-focused Christmas Bucket List for families!
We put our heads together and created a list of the things we want to make sure we do this year during December. Our Christ-Focused Christmas Bucket List. And we checked the list twice to make sure that the things we included could bring glory to Jesus and celebrate His life.
Here are the ideas we came up with, which we decided to share with you in the form of a free printable checklist. Print it out and hang it on your fridge!
I’ve also taken the time to help you find easy access to some of these ideas and explained some of them more below. We’re helping you find a cool homemade ornament craft, cookie recipes, and more. I can’t find your local live nativity scene for you (do some research – I’m almost positive you will find one close enough you can drive to it!) – but if I can help you find what you need to complete the Christ-Focused Christmas Bucket List, I’ve linked it below.
- Pick out or make a nativity ornament together.
- Visit a Live Nativity.
- Make homemade ornaments like the Star of Bethlehem.
- Watch The Nativity Movie or The Star together.
- Spend the evening singing carols together.
- Make Christmas cookies with a focus on Christ.
- Purchase and deliver food to your food bank.
- Host a simple Christmas gathering and read the Christmas story.
- Put on a nativity play for family or friends.
- Read the Christmas Story. You can read a short excerpt from the Bible story or use this Bible Verse Checklist through Christmas.
- Take cookies to your neighbors.
- Make a nativity craft.
- Visit a nursing home or retirement center and sing carols.
- Attend a Christmas concert.
- Read a Christmas nativity picture book.
- Enjoy a family prayer walk through your neighborhood and pray silently for salvation and joy for your neighbors as you walk past their houses.
- Create Christmas Countdown Prayer Chains.
- Read a poem or two about the true meaning of Christmas.
- Color a nativity coloring page.
- Plan the Christmas menu together.
- Choose and do at least one Random Act of Kindness.