Sweet and Simple – Seacoast 2019 Holiday Bucket List


It seems like every year there are more and more events and activities added to our holiday season. Its almost too much to keep up with. But as parents we all love to make the holiday season as special and as magical for our children as we can. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get in the holiday spirit without filling up every day on your calendar? Here is a holiday bucket list that will do just that and won’t have you running around like a crazy person every weekend looking for parking. 

Donating Winter Clothes 

As you pull out jackets, mittens, hats, and boots think about making a pile of the things that no longer fit your family. Donating these items can make a real difference in a child/families lives, especially as we move into the cold New England winter. New Generation in Greenland is a place to donate items like these or drop these items off at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. We’ve got a whole list of places to donate items on the Seacoast

Shop Small and Local For Your Gifts

The gift giving season is upon us and what better to support your community than to shop small and local. I know how convenient it is to shop online these days, but try making a day of of shopping local by heading to one of our Seacoast downtowns – Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter just to name a few. Grab a hot drink and stroll through finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! We’ve even got a great list of holiday gift ideas — because they’re all local shops, it’s easy to shop last minute! Even better? Many of them are experience gifts (we’ve got ideas on how to “wrap them”, too!) so you cut down on the stuff!

Make Something Special

Harness your inner Martha Stewart and make something to share with your friends, family, or neighbors. Get your kiddos involved and make a batch of holiday cookies to gift to your neighbors. Gather up your craft supplies and have your family make homemade cards or tree ornaments for grandparents or teachers. Just make sure you add something along with that handcrafted card for the teachers – they’re amazing and teach our children!  Maybe you have an especially crafty side? Take an evening and make something for those special people in your life. 

Get Cozy

What’s better than a cozy night at home once the cold weather rolls in? Sit by the fireplace, enjoy a warm beverage, watch a holiday movie, or all of the above. Nothing says the holidays more than snuggling with your people and enjoying some much needed downtime among the hustle and bustle of the season. Making an evening to get cozy and spend time with each other is priceless this time of year. Read your favorite Christmas book or watch an awesome Christmas movie!

Head Out and Enjoy the Lights

The Seacoast is filled with lights during the holiday season and for good reason, they’re beautiful! So many towns do their own tree lightings and festivities, make sure you check out your town’s facebook page or town website. Maybe a tree lighting isn’t your thing? Head to Strawberry Banke and ice skate with the family, or simple head to one of our awesome Seacoast Downtowns and stroll through enjoying the lights. Check out our Festive and Free Christmas Activities on the Seacoast Post for more ideas!

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Hello, I'm Rachel! I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Maine. Now I live in Seacoast New Hampshire with my ruggedly handsome husband, our sweet son, dog, and two cats. I received my degree in Marine Biology from Hawai'i Pacific University and soon after graduating I moved to Boston and began working in animal medicine. A few years after getting married, my husband and I found ourselves moving to New Hampshire and expecting our son. Now you can find me teaching yoga classes throughout Seacoast New Hampshire. I have traveled a bunch, LOVE the ocean, I always have a thousand "projects" happening at once, love a good workout, and have found the perfect balance between lazy weekends and having adventures.