25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

25 Christmas Bucket List Ideas for Moms

Need ideas for your Christmas bucket list? These are the 25 things I chose to add to ours this year, and am sharing to give you a bit of inspiration.

But before we dive in… What is a Christmas bucket list?

Simple. It’s just a list of activities you want to do during this holiday season that you think will bring you happiness and joy.

I love creating lists like this because even if I don’t get to do every single one, just creating the list makes it more likely I’ll get to most of them.

It’s easy to get off track during the holidays. There’s so much going on, and it can get hectic. Setting the intention of creating these moments and memories with your family can help you savor the holidays.

(Just a quick note, there may be some affiliate links below. That means if you purchase anything I recommend with my link, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

1. Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is pretty essential when it comes to a Christmas bucket list.

My family is very specific about what we want from our Christmas tree. In our home, we have a foyer with high ceilings, so our goal is to always get the tallest tree we can find in the field.

I say in the field because we love to go cut down our own tree instead of buying one precut. Not only is it fresher, but it’s more fun. We also always opt for a fresh tree as a personal preference, and it’s actually more eco-friendly.

2. Decorate a Gingerbread House

You can buy a kit to make one, but we actually do the entire thing from scratch and cut out the pieces.

It’s not as hard as it sounds. In fact, the actual baking process is the easiest part. The hard part is getting all your little pieces to stick together with the icing. We always end up needing about 100 toothpicks to keep our house together.

But the imperfections are a big part of the fun! I will always make sure this one is on our Christmas bucket list.

3. Have a Christmas movie marathon

I refuse to choose a favorite Christmas movie. There are so many classics!

So this year, I’m planning to do a pajama day with the kids (and hopefully the hubby) and just do an all-day Christmas movie marathon.

This should be a bit of a treat for my 5-year-old because she always bemoans the fact that won’t let her just watch TV all day.

4. Go see Christmas Lights

Last year we went to a drive-thru Christmas lights display. We had two little babies then who wouldn’t appreciate staying up past their bedtime.

This year they are officially toddlers and will stay up a little later than before. So I’m hoping we can make it to a light display at the local zoo! Animals and lights, what’s better?

5. Make Fancy Hot Cocoa

I guess some good old fashioned powder mix or chocolate syrup works just fine, but I’d like to amp up my hot cocoa game this year.

My goal is to make fancy hot cocoa from going through the whole process of melting chocolate. If I’m really feeling extra, maybe I’ll add some cinnamon.

6. Bake and Decorate Cookies

Another essential on the Christmas bucket list.

My husband is so helpful in making things like this happen because he has become obsessed with making a perfect sugar cookie and royal icing. So we do the entire thing from scratch, just like our gingerbread house.

But if the goal is mostly just to have fun with the kids, then go ahead and get something pre-made and go to town.

7. Knit Something Cozy

I recently found a huge box of my old knitting supplies in my the basement, and I can’t wait to dive back into this old hobby of mine.

Knitting is such a soothing and meditative process for me. It’s like instant zen, especially with some soft music playing in the background, or maybe even my favorite audiobook.

Usually, I knit as gifts for other people, but this year I’m going to make something for myself for my Christmas bucket list.

8. Give Back

For the second year in a row, we have chosen a card off a tree at a local shop with the age and gender of a local child in need.

My daughter and I picked out a Christmas gift for her, and will drop it back off soon so a little girl in our area will have a gift she otherwise wouldn’t.

I’m sure I will donate some money, or find some other ways to give back, but this is one I’m doing with my daughter to teach her about gratitude, compassion, community, and helping others.

9. Make a Homemade Wreath

Luckily, I have an evergreen tree in my backyard, holly in my front, and some lamb’s ear all over my yard. So I’m just going to go out and cut some pieces off and use some twin to create a homemade wreath.

You could also go to a craft store and purchase items to create a wreath if you don’t have access to free fresh materials like I do.

10. DIY Decorations with the Kids

When I was a kid I remember making a bunch of different homemade decorations with my mom’s help. We did dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, strung popcorn, and more.

I can’t wait to make some DIY decorations with my kids too!

11. Go to a Tree Lighting Ceremony

My town does a tree lighting ceremony every year, and I have NEVER been.

So this year, I’m adding it to the Christmas bucket list to hopefully attend for the first time after living here for over 5 years now.

12. Make Gifts with the Kids

Buying gifts for some people is so hard! So we make them.

This is mostly for the grandparents, but I’ll have all three kids do some sort of crafts that they can present the grandparents with for Christmas.

13. Create and Send Christmas Cards

I am terrible at sending cards. My thank you cards from my wedding are still in my basement! (I know I’m a horrible human, but we moved midway through filling them out and they got buried in stuff.)

But this year I really want to send out at least a few Christmas cards that I handmake.

I never really understood why Christmas cards were so valuable, but now I have friends that I love but haven’t seen in years because of #momlife. I’d like to send them a handmade card just to keep the connection alive.

14. Listen to a Christmas Playlist

I really didn’t need to put this on the Christmas bucket list because I will do this basically every single day.

This is almost more a Christmastime routine vs. bucket list item, isn’t it?

15. Go See the Nutcracker

The music and visuals of the Nutcracker completely captivated me as a kid. I even would create my own dances and force my mom to watch every single one of them when I first saw it as a kid.

This year, my daughter is now in ballet classes and I would love to take her to experience the magic.

16. Go Ice Skating

It’s been years since I’ve been ice skating!

My husband ice skates all the time because he plays hockey a few nights a week, but my daughter has NEVER been.

So I’d like to maybe have a grandparent watch the little ones while we take my daughter to go ice skating.

17. Go on a Romantic Winter Date

Or maybe this year ice skating will be a date night. There are also tons of little winter villages and festivals in our area.

Most Friday nights are date nights for my husband and me, so going on this Christmas bucket list is getting to do a romantic winter date.

18. Make a Winter Nature Table

We are planning to homeschool our kids, and many of the methods I am planning to follow like to use nature as an essential part of the learning process.

One aspect is many times bringing nature indoors through a winter table.

This December I really want to set up a winter nature table for the kids to explore.

19. Read Christmas Books with Kids

My toddlers LOVE books.

They would read books for hours straight with me if I had the attention span to sit there! If it were up to them I would do 100 readings of Brown Bear in a row.

I like variety in what we read though, and so I’ll head to our local used bookstore and get a slew of Christmas and wintertime books for us to read. I always get used books because not only are they cheaper, but my toddlers are really rough on books. If they end up destroying one, I don’t feel as bad about it if it was used.

20. Go for a Winter Walk in the Woods

I LOVE going out in the woods. Spending time in nature is essential for my mental and spiritual health.

The cold weather doesn’t make it easy to get out where we live though. In order to really make it happen, I have to put it on the calendar and make it a goal.

So going for a winter nature walk with the family is definitely going on the Christmas bucket list.

21. Celebrate the Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. After that day, December 21, the days will start to get longer again.

In ancient times, and also modern pagan communities, the Winter Solstice is celebrated as the return of the sun. We’ve gotten through the time of the year when the darkness keeps encroaching and can start to look forward to the warmth and long days again.

22. Drink Mulled Wine

This warm spicy wine is sooo good.

I remember the first time I had it was at an outdoor Christmas village in Prague. It was so freezing cold out that I couldn’t feel my thighs, but the mulled wine warmed me right up!

My local winery sells a pre-spiced bottle of mulled wine that you can just dump in a pot and heat up. But I think I’m going to make it from scratch.

23. Meet Santa

This one is already crossed off our Christmas bucket list! We happened to be at a mall that had no line to see Santa a few days before Thanksgiving so we went for it.

Though it did cost me an arm and a leg to get the digital downloads of the adorable pictures.

24. Wrap Presents

Instead of just grabbing some festive paper, I’m going extra with the wrapping this year.

I’ll be using craft paper and green paper to create reindeer stacks of presents for my twins and a Christmas tree for my daughter! Super excited for this one.

25. Make a Christmas Morning Breakfast

This is our family tradition for Christmas morning and it wouldn’t be the same without it on our Christmas bucket list.

After the presents are opened and the kids are happily playing. My husband makes us the most indulgent and delicious chocolate chip pancakes. So good.

What about you? What’s on your Christmas bucket list? Did I miss something essential? Share in the comments below.

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These mom-approved gifts are all available on Amazon, affordable, and would be so welcomed by any mama as the first time mom Christmas gifts.

As I sat down to curate this list I thought back on my own time as a new mom and especially when I was in that fourth trimester, the postpartum time. Perhaps it’s because my first child was born around Thanksgiving, but I always associate the holidays with have a little newborn and need to de-stress and relax.

I mostly just wanted to feel comfortable and cared for, or I wanted to just get fun things for the baby and take all the selfies with my little mini-me. 

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The perfect cup for mamas that handles whatever liquid they are needing. Fill it up with some strong coffee in the morning and some rosé in the evening. 

Or get fancy. This mug is so gorgeous and takes regular coffee up to to self-care status ASAP. 

First time moms need something to snack on, right? Whether the long nights are making them weary, or the breastfeeding cravings are in high gear, these Ghiradelli chocolates are crave-worthy.

Is your mom friend super healthy? Maybe some organic tea would be a better fill for her mug?

Moms need to stay hydrated, especially if breastfeeding! These awesome water bottles will keep her water cool and ready to quench her thirst for hours.

Hand this box to the first time mama, and have her hand you the baby while she relaxes in a bath filled with fizzy organic goodness in the form of these bath bombs.

Go ahead and throw in these luscious new organic cotton towels to make the experience even more luxe.

Mama needs some reading material to relax with those bath bombs, or distract her during those long long long cluster feeding sessions. 

Comfy + Cute clothes are essential to feeling good both physically and mentally as a new mom. Induct her into the mama bear club with a mama bear sweatshirt.

Know a mom who loves to journal and is super sentimental? This one-line-a-day journal is easy enough that a new mom can tackle it and keep track of that stage of new mom.

Help a mom de-stress, get centered, and let her creativity out with some #momlife coloring

Make her Christmas extra memorable with these adorable ornaments, and obligatory set of matching family pajamas.

Christmas shopping can be so stressful, but new moms are loving these ideas. But if you are in a pinch think about what moms need most during postpartum. It’s support and nurturing. 

As moms we are spending all of our time caring for a nurturing our little bundles of joy, so who then is nurturing us? Choose gifts that support her in this sensitive and beautiful time and make her feel cared for completely.

 

Are we missing anything? What would you include as the best first time mom Christmas gifts? What did you want when you were a new mom?

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It’s taken me years to truly embrace it, but the older I get the more I settle into motherhood and absolutely love my boring momlife.

Today was one of those days when nothing super notable happened, but it just highlights the realities of my life right now and why I love it even with all of its imperfections.

The day started out with poop

As the three wildlings wrestled around on my bed I noticed a little smear of something on my pants.

Smell test confirmed poop. 

Since I had *just* checked twin B’s diaper 30 seconds before, the culprit had to be twin A. 

What used to be a catastrophe is just a part of life now. This used to be a four-alarm wake-up-the-husband emergency, but this morning I just calmly took of my clothes, grabbed the offender and stripped him down and cleaned him up, and finally stripped the bed and tossed the other two kids’ clothes on top just to be safe. 

I got dressed and let the kids run around naked for just a few minutes before clothing them too and getting started with our morning routine

When I run into old friends or family at the store or a party they ask: “What have you been up to?” 

I never quite know how to answer it, so I just reply with a semi-joking “Just living the dream…” as my children tear something apart whole laughing maniacally. 

This life is chaotic, and it’s a mess. It’s also mundane and boring. AND it’s magical and miraculous. 

Isn’t that the nature of momlife? Parts heaven and hell? Parts mess and perfection? Parts tears and smiles? Parts tantrums and joy?

Nothing that happened to me today was exceptionally remarkable. In fact, the highlight of the day was something so commonplace. So typical. So normal. 

My magical moment was this: I raked all the leaves up in our backyard, called the kids over, and told them to jump.

Earlier this year I went to Disney World with the kids. It was an amazing trip. Going on a vacation like that gives you the chance to make tons of memories and step out of your normal routines and schedules to just savor the time together.

I decided when we left and I was deep in the post-Disney blues that I would carry that same feeling into my everyday life. I wanted to have the “Disney” moments every single day.

And you know what? For the most part, I do.

We might have had a simple meal made mostly of leftovers instead of chowing down on steak at Cinderella’s Castle, but watching my little ones shovel in the homecooked meal I made them as quickly as they could was every bit as rewarding and memorable for me.

Just like watching my kids jumping in a leaf pile for the first time in their lives was every bit as magical, if not more, than seeing them get their first glimpse of Mickey.

Every day I’m reminded of how things can go horribly wrong. There’s always bad news to read or hear out there, sometimes close to home and sometimes far away.

The only way that I am able to live my life without breaking down or being so depressed I can’t function with the state of our world is to use the bad as a reminder that no news is good news.

If we are on our routines, our schedules… if the biggest worry I have is whether my cranky twin with the cold will wake up 5 times tonight then my life is damn good.

If you’re reading this, chances are your life is pretty damn good too.

Motherhood is this weird place where you are both constantly hyper-vigilant to all the things that could go wrong and all the dangers awaiting your little ones (or big ones). Yet, it’s easy to lose touch with that feeling of utter gratitude, abundance, and joy in our constant cycle of maintaining the structures that keep out lives afloat.

I’ve been on a journey of learning to minimize and simplify my life as much as possible.

Like many, I have traumas and hurts that created not so great tendencies. For most of my life (and even now), I’ve had some form of addiction. While I’ve been able to curb the worst of them, like smoking, I still have impulses to overeat, overspend, and also overdrink sometimes too.

I felt pressure for a long time to be everything to everyone. I had this false notion of what a woman and mom should be.

I literally expected perfection of myself. To make millions while staying at home with my kids, teaching them to read and use the potty by like 18 months old, ensure they only eat healthy organic foods, and also stay super sexy while maintaining the perfect marriage with a smokin’ hot sex life.

This is what memes are made out of, am I right? Just typing out that paragraph it sounds so absurd and silly to expect that of any one person. And yet, a voice inside of me says I’m not good enough unless I’m all of that and more.

That’s where all the excess comes in. To fill that void of never being perfect, I try to buy my way to happiness or eat my way to happiness or smoke my way to happiness or drink my way to happiness.

None of it works.

What works? Just being present with my kids jumping in a leaf pile. That’s real happiness.

It’s boring. It’s not flashy. It’s mundane. It’s just the typical fall thing all kids do.

But it means everything to me.

When I jokingly tell someone I’m living the dream, I am being honest. Because this IS my dream.

Being a mom and living this boring life of going to ballet class, being a snack bitch, pushing a double stroller around the neighborhood, making pizza out of play doh, and reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the 1000th time is all I’ve ever truly wanted.

Once I stripped away the facades that have been laid upon me by external expectations and societal pressure, I just want to hang out with my kids, write on this blog, and live my imperfect but incredible little life.

The boring momlife is my purpose and my calling. And I’m going to live it up while these little ones are still little and my nest is still full to bursting.

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Tired of the pictures your snap of your kids coming out blurry, dark, or just… meh? Wish you knew how to take better photos of your kids? (Me too!)

It’s so annoying when you think you caught the sweetest moment just to find out later they have that weird “cheese” expression on their face. So I asked professionals what they do to take beautiful pictures, and they agreed to share their tricks for taking better pictures with you!

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Lighting is key!

The difference between a mediocre photo and one that stands out from the crowd is usually lighting.

You want to be able to see those cute little faces, which means making sure they are actually looking towards the light. Plus, did you know there are certain times of day that give you the best light for taking photos? It’s true!

When learning how to take better photos of your kids, most of the photographers I surveyed talked about lighting, it’s that important.

The best time to take photos outdoor is an hour before sunset. The sun is in the perfect spot in the sky and photographers often refer to this time as ‘Golden Hour.’ But have no fear, shade or overcast skies are okay, too! Look for even light no matter what time of day it is. If you are inside, get close to a window but out of the direct suns harsh rays. Always have the light from the window facing the children. If you try and shoot INTO the window your device may have a hard time knowing exactly what it should be focusing on. and also will result in dark subjects.”

Rhianna Clark (Rhianna is a professional photographer and mom of five! www.facebook.com/RhiannaClarkPhotography/)

“When photographing indoors in less than ideal light (like in our preschool graduation, held in a church), bring your kiddo close to a window and have them look towards the sunlight. Indoors or out, don’t forget to lock your focus on their closes eye.”

Audrey M. McCouch (Audrey is a mom and photographer. You can find her on Facebook at Audrey M. McCouch.)

Have fun, be candid, and don’t take it too seriously!

I don’t know about you, but whenever I try to get my 4-year-old to take a “serious” picture, she makes the weirdest faces! It’s like I have to trick her into making a natural smile instead of something that appears stilted and unnatural. (And let’s be real, most adults can’t accomplish this task either!)

Something of the lessons other photographers shared with me was about learning to let go, have fun, embrace being a kid, and go with the flow when you’re trying to figure out how to take better photos of your kids.

Let kids be kids and have fun. Bring out some favorite toys or activities and let them play with them. You are not only capturing your child being happy, but capturing an activity, toy, etc. that makes them happy at this time in their life. Kids’ interests change over time and capturing the here and now is best. Plus, it will produce genuine smiles and laughter to capture.” 

Virginia Carden (Virginia and her husband, Tim, have taken hundreds of gorgeous photos of me and my family from my engagement to birth to newborn photos. www.cardensweddingphotography.com/)

Don’t forget to get in the pictures too

How many more memes do we need where moms have the most gorgeous photos of their kids and even partners with the kids, but the photos of themselves with the kids?

They are either nonexistent, or you look like a literal mombie.

Let’s end that now. We deserve to be in the shot too! Read below for one photographer’s really important take!

“Remember to get yourself in some photos too! Set your camera to the timer and say cheese! Your kids won’t care that your hair was a mess or you had sweat pants on and baby spit-up on your shirt. What they will see is a parent that was involved and having fun with them! Capture the beauty of life around you, it’s a wild ride!”

Crystyn Leigh Haun (Crystyn is a photographer and mom of four boys!  www.facebook.com/PhotographybyCrystyn/)

Just to recap real quick on the keys to how to take better photos of your kids… Good lighting, have fun, and don’t forget to get in that picture too mama!

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Letterboards with the perfect quotes held by pristinely made-up moms with mombuns that defy gravity. Children who wear bonnets for God’s sake, and don’t rip it off the second it touches their scalp. Kitchens that look like Joanna Gaines designed them and then stayed to keep it clean too.

Instagram is a beautiful place. And it can also be a toxic place.

Oh, did I mention how even #mombod is used to sell moms workout programs and supplement shakes instead of celebrating the miracle their body performed by growing and birthing a human being? (Whether the baby came out of a vagina or incision.)

And how is every room always perfectly lit with just the right amount of natural light that even the best filters can’t seem to replicate for me?

I’ll admit that I also do my best to have a pretty polished appearance on Instagram even if I don’t have the most picture-perfect feed. (Shameless plug to follow me at instagram.com/momuprising.)

But it always feels inauthentic and hard. I love this post all about the toxic elements of Instagram and how it can hard mothers, especially new moms.

IG sets us up for failure by giving us unrealistic expectations of what momlife is supposed to look like while not cluing us into the reality of motherhood. But instead of rehashing all those points, let me just give a glimpse into my life.

Here is what my life and my home really looks like as the mom of three kids under 5.

It’s a hot mess. A very loving, magical, and amazing mess that I wouldn’t trade in the world. A mess I chose. A mess I re-chose every single day. But it’s still a mess.

This is what my house looks like at the end of the day, or honestly all day sometimes.

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Maybe we’ve just seen Hocus Pocus one too many times, but tons of millennial moms are learning to channel their inner Witch.

A lot of moms are tapping into that inner Witch power without even realizing it. Perhaps it’s partly an aesthetic choice (cause witchy vibes look cool) and partly a desire to return to more natural and simple ways of life, but a lot of trends have somewhat witchy roots.

Let’s talk about 3 ways moms can embrace their inner Witch, and perhaps even are without knowing it.

Essential Oils

Everyone and their mother are using essential oils to some degree at this point, right? Whether you’re selling them as part of an MLM or not, chances are you’ve at least dabbled or know someone who has dabbled in using essential oils.

Essential oils, herbalism, and using natural remedies for healing are super witchy.

Back in the day, many “witches” were really wise women and local healers. Here in my local area of central Pennsylvania, there was an entire form of folk magick that was mostly used as remedies to heal ailments for humans and even livestock.

Those who used this folk magick were even Christian and invoked God and Jesus to aid in healing along with poultices, herbs, incantations and more.

There’s always that mom or two in your favorite Facebook mom group who tells you to dump some blend of essential oils on whatever ailment your kid has… and hey, sometimes they are spot on, right? These natural healing remedies can work wonders.

But it isn’t just a matter of using them to avoid introducing more chemicals into your life, there are millions of moms across the globe using essential oils for basically a light form of spellcraft right now.

Have you ever used one of those blends labeled something like “Abundance” or “Release” or “Magnify Your Purpose?” That’s a combo of oils from herbs that have historical significance or a history of being used to promote certain qualities, like abundance.

That mix of oils was created with a specific intention and now you are using that oil with a specific intention when you dab it on with your rollerball or drop it in the diffuser.

Using your intent and will to bring about a desired result is at its base, a spell.

Journaling

This is a huge generalization, but many Witches are on their path at least in part because they are committed to personal development.

While channeling your inner Witch can include leaning into using herbs and natural remedies, taking part in ritual, and crafting spells, it can also be with a major focus on deepening the relationship you have with yourself.

In fact, it can be argued that personal development and becoming more comfortable with yourself is essential in becoming a Witch.

Doing spellwork requires concentration and sometimes the ability to tap into different states of consciousness as many people do via meditation. This isn’t possible without a desire and ability to deal with a lot of internal stuff that can come up.

Shadow work is an essential piece of many witches’ practice.

Carl Jung, an early psychologist, brought the idea of the shadow and shadow work to the forefront.

The idea is that there are parts of us that are hidden, our shadow, aka our subconscious. Unless we can look at the parts of us that are in shadow and accept them, then we won’t ever be totally whole.

While the word “shadow” sounds dark, this could even include positive and good things that just aren’t in our consciousness or part of what we see about ourselves.

We all have blind spots, we all have a shadow. Shadow work is how we can grow our personal power and sovereignty, which is usually a pretty important thing to most witches.

You’ve probably heard of a spellbook, a grimoire, a book of shadows, or some variation thereof.

There is a distinction between many different names that witches call the different journals they keep, but many witches keep some form of journal where they keep track of their feelings, thoughts, and what they are working on as far as their personal development beyond just spells.

Journaling is where a lot of shadow work happens.

If you’ve never tried it, I seriously recommend picking up the practice of journaling.

You can start just by sitting down for five minutes every day and free write.

Don’t judge what you are writing. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense. Just do it. After a few minutes, you’ll find that something starts to flow, and whatever comes up will be telling of what you might want to focus on in your personal development or shadow work.

I love to recommend journaling for moms because usually…. we have a lot of feelings.

Motherhood is a time of massive change and it can be hard to navigate those changes. Journaling is a way to get it all out so you don’t drown in the waves of feels that can come over you. Sometimes embracing that inner witch can help you get through motherhood.

 

Reconnect with Nature

Making distinctions between forms of witchcraft and earth-based religions would be an entire post in and of itself, but one thing most have in common is a focus on nature.

While I AM going to suggest you get your butt out into nature and outdoors because it’s good for you, this goes beyond just taking a walk outside every day.

Many Witches follow the Wheel of the Year. This is a collection of holidays and festivals that take place throughout the year and are generally tied to seasons, changing of seasons, harvest times, etc.

You don’t need to learn all of the different holidays if that doesn’t interest you, but you can adopt a similar way of following the seasons to help you reconnect with nature.

A lot of Pagan traditions were swallowed up by the rise of Christianity and western culture in general, so chances are you if you’re in the west or Christian, you are already following some traditions without knowing it.

Though what I’m trying to get at here is not so much about adopting Pagan traditions into your life as getting the spirit of what the Wheel of the Year is about.

How do the seasons make you feel?

What does the end of the summer mean to you? What does autumn represent? How can you explore your own psyche and grow through contemplating the beautiful changes in leaves during fall at the same time contemplating how their change also means their death as they fall from the trees.

What about winter? How do you physically feel? Should you embrace hibernating? Instead of pushing yourself to live just as you did when the days were longer, can you take something off your plate so you have more quiet and introspective time during the winter?

Instead of fighting the changes in seasons how can you embrace them?

You know that feeling you get when you stand at the edge of the ocean or look up at the night sky? And you feel simultaneously tiny and huge because you are part of that giant expanse? You can FEEL your connection to it and all the things in existence? (It’s not just me, right?)

Taking the time to truly connect to nature, not just in a day-to-day way, but also in the changes it goes through can help us make sense of our chaotic world that is so based on technology and business instead of nature and intuition. Infusing more nature-focused activities and thought can reconnect us with a place inside use we might have forgotten.

We can also pass this down to our kids too by showing them how to tap into that inner knowing they have and how it intertwines with nature. Do this by getting out in the woods and into nature as often as possible, and maybe even consider something like forest school.

What do you think? Ready to embrace your inner Witch? Are you already doing any of these things? Let me know in the comments!

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