It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is in full swing, which means it’s time for our 6th annual 24 Days of Togetherness. It officially starts on Friday, December 1st, so be sure to mark your calendars!
Are you new to this 24 Days of Togetherness stuff? Here’s the story of how this tradition came to be, but, basically, it’s a holiday bucket list of 24 festive activities that you do together with your partner, family, or friends during the holiday season. Each day, leading up to Christmas, you randomly pick one thing to do together. (We write each activity on a piece of paper and then randomly select them for a box.) It’s a fun surprise and a little something to look forward to each day. Plus, it’s a great way to slow down and really enjoy the hectic holiday season together. Our family really looks forward to 24 Days of Togetherness!
So what do you put on your list? Well, anything you want! The more personalized and specific it is to you and your partner/family/friends, the better because it’s all about spending time together and enjoying each other’s company doing what you enjoy most. Just to give you an idea what we’ve done in previous years, here’s a sample list:
Day 1: Get a Christmas Tree
Day 3: Do an anonymous good deed
Day 4: Buy each other $5 gifts
Day 5: Make a Christmas drawing
Day 6: Drink hot chocolate
Day 9: Watch a Christmas movie
Day 10: Donate a gift
Day 11: Take a family photo
Day 13: Read a Christmas book to Quinn
Day 14: Drink eggnog
Day 16: Top 3 favorite Quinn moments
Day 17: Wear red and green all day
Day 18: Make Christmas cookies
Day 19: Visit Bass Pro Shop
Day 20: Make Christmas pancakes
And here are even more ideas from our past 24 Days of Togetherness!
2016 – 24 Days of Togetherness
2015 – 24 Days of Togetherness
2014 – 24 Days of Togetherness (Quinn’s first Christmas)
2013 – 24 Days of Togetherness
2012 – 24 Days of Togetherness
The activities can range from something simple like ‘drink eggnog’ to something more involved like ‘buy and decorate a Christmas tree.’ And these activities can change from year-to-year depending on time, interest, and dynamics (i.e. a new baby). The first two years, Mal and I randomly picked activities to do together each day. However, once we had a tiny human in our lives, we planned them out a little more because Quinn was so young and we didn’t have the same flexibility that we did in the past (i.e. ‘go out for a cocktail together.’) This is totally okay and worked great for us. Now that Qman is older, we’ll likely go back to random daily draws, but do what works best for you!
We haven’t made our list for 2017 quite yet, but I’ll be sure to share our experiences over the next few weeks. And, if you decide to participate, I’d love to see how you and your family spend time together this season. If you share on social media, please tag your post with @carrotsncake and #24daysoftogetherness.
Question of the Day
What’s on your holiday bucket list?
P.S. Local readers: The Derby Street Shoppes are hosting these fun (and free) holiday events over the next few weeks. Check ’em out and mark your calendars!