Holiday at Home Bucket List Filled with Memory-Making Activities

This post is sponsored by American Home Furniture and Mattress. We at ABQ Mom strive to work with businesses we feel would benefit our readers.

Any other mamas feel the need to make the holidays extra special this year? With so many cancelled plans, missed outings, and kids going on 9 months at home…I want to really step it up this year. But as I scroll Pinterest and Instagram, I get overwhelmed and abruptly brought down to Earth. Working, virtual schooling, and mommying does not leave a lot of extra space to up the magic.

However, if 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that there is still magic in the simple. While this year has been difficult, it sort of feels like an extended holiday break (a very, very, very extended one!) where you aren’t sure what day it is and they all blend together. Yes, this holiday season is unlike any before, but your holiday at home can be special and create some lifelong memories.

We’ve partnered with American Home Furniture and Mattress to create a simple Holiday at Home Bucket List.

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  • Write a letter to Santa

Click Here for a free printable Letter to Santa. Your child can receive a letter postmarked from Santa. Visit for steps.

  • Christmas movie sleepover

Set up a living room floor sleepover. Camp out with some hot cocoa and a marathon of your favorite Christmas movies. To make your living room extra cozy, check out this beautiful Stone Gray, Olive, and Charcoal Rug from American Home Furniture & Mattress.

  • Cut down & decorate a Christmas tree

We’re lucky enough to have many National Forests within a few hours’ drive from Albuquerque. Check out our Guide to Tree Cutting and Three DIY Ornaments for Kids that You’ll Actually Want to Put on the Tree.

  • Put up luminarias

Luminarias are simple to make and a fun activity for the whole family. Once done, you can pack up everyone in the car and drive around looking at lights and luminarias around town. Check out our Guide to Lights and Luminarias for some of the best places around town to see holiday decorations.

  • Create a tiny Christmas village

Set up a Christmas village on your table or mantle. These can be bought decorations or made from paper and cardboard. Add the finishing touch by including these Devorah Candle Holders from American Home Furniture and Mattress.

  • Deliver homemade treats to neighbors

Make your favorite holiday treats and if you’re wanting to try something new. We recommend The Best Biscotti Ever.

  • Make a gingerbread house

This is a classic! Our contributor Erin recommends using pop tarts as a new spin!

  • Cuddle up in matching PJs

Find the cutest matching holiday pajamas and have everyone in the family wear them while hanging out on the couch with this decorative set of 4 Jevin Pillows from American Home and Mattress.

  • Donate a toy or jacket to a local child

Donate or serve our community together as a family to reinforce that this truly is the season of giving. Here’s a list of some of our team’s favorite local nonprofits.

  • Christmas music karaoke

Jessica created The Ultimate Christmas Playlist for you this year and you can find it here!

  • Try a new recipe

The possibilities are endless with this one, but may we suggest a Simple Slow Cooker Chili, Yummy Balsamic Roast, or Spinach Sausage Pasta?