2016 Winter Bucket List Update

I realised the other day that I haven’t looked at our Winter Bucket List for some serious time, I think in part because it’s always so focused on Christmas and snow but as it’s almost time to start thinking about writing our Spring one I thought I’d better write a bit of an update!  As it turns out – I haven’t written an update at all during Winter so settle in for a bit of a long one!

1. Snow related fun

Typical there just hasn’t been any snow again this year.  Well I say that, we had a light flurry over night at some point in January which meant the kids went to school with their wellies on but it had all gone by lunch time.  There was certainly no chance for snowmen, snowballs or snow angels . . .  However this weekend we’re heading up to Chill Factore for the big two to enjoy an hour of sledging and so forth so I guess we can tick that one off the list!

2. See Father Christmas

We took our annual trip to Stockeld Park to see the big man at the start of December and had a great day out.

3. Write letters to Father Christmas

4. Festive up our house!

I must admit I was a bit lack lustre when it came to decorating the house for Christmas this year.  Everything got really busy and we ran out of time – I felt like we just chucked the Christmas tree up in a spare hour rather than doing a proper job!  I need to be more organised next year that’s for sure.

5. Buy new Christmas decorations 

We didn’t spend a lot of money on new decs this year but the kids did choose a new bauble each on our trip to Stockeld Park.

6. Watch nativities for all three children 

I can’t tell you how grateful I am that the flexible nature of my job means I get to watch all three nativities – I don’t have any photos or video of the big two doing theirs for obvious reasons but Chloe did some great singing in the choir and Ben was a fab angel (interesting casting there!).  Amy had been asked to be Mary but she turned it down in favour of being an angel!  I think she preferred the costume.

Angel at nativity

7. Read Christmas stories 

We have quite a few Christmas books on the shelves in Amy’s room and we only read them in December which I think keeps them special!  Firm favourites this year were The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas, How Santa Really Works and The Polar Express.


Vlogmas was some serious hard work but I’m so glad I did it – so many memories captured and I will definitely do it again!

9. Ice Skating

We love a good Butler / Burgess family tradition and ice skating is one we’ve managed for a few years now.  After a couple of years of skating at the Selfridges Ice Rink at the Trafford Centre, we tried out the one in town this time.  Ben was determined that he was going to be able to skate without support.  I really didn’t think he would be able to do it but he proved me wrong!  In fact by the end of the session both Ben and Chloe were having a good go at skating by themselves.  (Dave wasn’t able to go on the ice having only just recovered from a broken elbow.)

Ice Skating

10. A nighttime adventure to see the Christmas lights and markets in Manchester 

This was a bit of an epic fail – in part due to the awful weather through December and also just due to being really busy.  Typically on any night we happened to be free it was pouring down so we swerved this one!

11. Write Christmas cards

Erm. . . I bought them?  Whoops.

12. Pantomime fun!

Ben, Chloe and I had a great time watching Aladdin at The Epstein – it was a really late night but so worth it!

Watching Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre

13. Enjoy a Christmas back in York

Christmas just isn’t Christmas for me if I don’t spend it at my parents!

14. Enjoy Christmas films 

Whilst I think the kids watched quite a few Christmassy bits I didn’t really manage it myself.  I felt a bit let down by the selection on Netflix – how can you not have The Holiday or Love Actually?! Anyway, I didn’t really watch any in the end!

15. Our annual New Year walk in Heaton Park

Although in the past we’ve done this on New Year’s Eve, this year we did it a bit earlier in the week and then again on January 2nd.  Both times it was flipping freezing which made it hard work but it did us good to get some fresh air in our lungs!

Me & Mine - December 2016

So that’s it, the middle of February and we’ve pretty much nailed our Winter Bucket List despite me forgetting about it for weeks on end.  The days are getting longer and it feels like Spring is on the way, it was actually pretty much light when we got up at half seven this morning and I can’t tell how you excited I was by that!  I feel like we’ve pretty much hibernated our way through January, spending our weekends working on the house and our evenings snuggled up in our dressing gowns watching TV so I’m really excited to write out Spring Bucket List and start to think about getting out a bit more!

1. Snow related fun – I say this every year and every year the weather man fails me.  I just good couple of days of proper snow.  However, should that fail we’re planning a trip to Chill Factore in the new year so there will be some snow action!
2. See Father Christmas – Our annual trip to Stockeld Park (we’ve actually already done this, it will be written up this week)
3. Write letters to Father Christmas – again we’ve already done this and you can watch our video here
4. Festive up our house!
5. Buy new Christmas decorations
6. Watch nativities for all three children – it’s Amy’s first one this year!
7. Read Christmas stories
9. Ice skating – reinstating a Butler / Burgess family tradition
10. A nighttime adventure to see the Christmas lights and markets in Manchester
11. Write Christmas cards
12. Pantomime fun!
13. Enjoy a Christmas back in York
14. Christmas films
15. Our annual New Year walk in Heaton Park
*Collaborative post*

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