24 Days of Togetherness Is Back

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 2: Share one funny memory and something you are looking forward to

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 7: Tell each other a holiday joke

Day 8: Share 3 things you love about the other person + Quinn and Murphy

Day 9: Watch a Christmas movie

Day 10: Donate a gift

Day 11: Take a family photo

Day 12: Get holiday drinks from Starbucks

Day 13: Read a Christmas book to Quinn

Day 14: Drink eggnog

Day 15: Buy Quinn a Christmas tree ornament

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!

14 Comments

  1. I love this tradition of yours. It’s a great reminder to appreciate your family and revel in the little things. It’s too easy to get caught up in the craziness this time of year and these daily ‘tasks’ are a good excuse to slow down and celebrate what really matters. I may steal this idea and modify it as the treats for my 9yr olds advent calendar. I feel like it was getting out of control with the anticipation of what was at first just candy, then turning into small gifts. Your ideas are much better and a good way to stay present in the reason for the season.

  2. I love this tradition! It’s so nice that some of these can be so simple but still so sweet 🙂
    Visiting Bass Pro is always fun, our dog loves it there!

  3. 24 days of togetherness, so refreshing to partake in.

    Thank you for the reminder, I loved doing this last year. A cell phone free day or evening is going to be on the list this year. I’m also going to have us write down one thing we are grateful for each day so we can look back at the list and start the day off on a positive note.

  4. Such a great tradition. Felix and I implemented it last year, and we might tackle it again this year! There are SO many things to do in DC during the holidays, so maybe having some structure would help us ensure we see and do them all! One thing I must do is watch some of my favorite Christmas movies – Elf, Christmas with the Kranks, and even some of the cheesy Hallmark films. I can’t get enough!

  5. This will be our 5th year of doing this! Gosh how time flies!
    It’s just so perfect and special and makes every day in the run up to Christmas something to look forward to. Massive thanks for bringing this wonderful tradition into our lives 🙂

  6. Last year my husband and I went up to VA to see my family, so we didn’t do a ton of decorating around our house. This year, he has to work the day after Christmas, so we’re spending our first solo holiday together. Our biggest holiday bucket list item is to buy and decorate a tree!

  7. Oh yay, another sponsored post. It has only been 10 whole days since the last one, with a whole bunch of affiliated link dumps in between…

    1. To start, this isn’t a sponsored post. It’s an annual activity that we do as a family around the holidays. Second, I’m not sure how you work, but maybe you do it for free? This blog is a huge part of my life, but it’s also a huge part of my family’s livelihood. CNC’s income pays my mortgage, medical bills, etc. I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting paid to do what I love – if anything, it’s pretty awesome. And, third, at the end of the day, you are getting FREE content at CNC. You’re not paying for anything, so it seems like a pretty sweet deal for everyone involved! 🙂

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