Reverse Bucket List: Holiday Gratitude for the Christmas Season

Cinderella Coach at Disney's Wedding Pavilion for our Vow Renewal.

Reverse Bucket List: Holiday Gratitude

Before you “kick the bucket”, you probably have a few things that you still want to accomplish and thus, you’ve placed them on your bucket list. If you’re not terrified of heights (like me), you may want to bungee jump or jump out of a plane. Or perhaps you want to light your house up like the Griswold’s or have an old fashioned Christmas in a cabin. Maybe you want to fall in love, get married, and have a family of your own. The way I see it, if we’re not still wishing and hoping, then we aren’t still living. And those wishes don’t have to be monumental. Isn’t it nice to wish for a quiet evening playing board games with your family?!

Reverse Bucket List. Holiday Gratitude.

50 Things That I’ve Accomplished

Many people are looking ahead to New Year’s Eve resolutions and I’ll do that soon too. For now, I want to take a step back and list 50 things that I’ve already accomplished. During this season of reflection, I’m truly grateful that these items have been crossed off my bucket list.

1. Visited Stonehenge.

2. Married my Prince Charming and best friend.

1992 wedding in Buffalo NY. Wedding Bucket List.
Our 1992 Wedding

3. Graduated from college.

4. Found a job where I get to read and write every day.

5. Had a baby.

Kangaroo care in the NICU at Sister's Hospital in Buffalo, NY's NICU.
Holding Nic “kangaroo style” in the NICU. As a preemie, he couldn’t regulate his own body temperature. Stay warm, baby!

6. Visited Carthage and Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia.

7. Swam with dolphins.

8. Explored Pompeii.

Visit Pompeii in Italy.
Pompeii was amazing.

9. Toured the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa.

10. Sailed into the port at Valletta, Malta.

It's like sailing back in time as your ship sails into the Grand Harbor at Valletta, Malta.
Sailing into the Grand Harbor, Malta.

11. Traveled by train to Pisa and saw the Leaning Tower.

Take the classic picture holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa

12. Kissed my husband under the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

13. Visited the British Museum.

14. Saw the Queen of England.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for the State Opening of Parliament
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for the State Opening of Parliament

15. Saw the Pantheon in Rome, Italy.

16. Renewed our wedding vows at The Wedding Pavilion in Walt Disney World.

17. Helped countless people plan trips to Walt Disney World on my own and through my past work with the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

18. Spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Walt Disney World.

19. Visited Devil’s Tower.

20. Saw a Broadway play in NYC.

21. Was a stay-at-home Mom.

22. Rode a trolley in San Francisco.

23. Toured Cinderella’s Castle Suite in Walt Disney World.

24. Went horse back riding in Wyoming.

Great horseback riding for families at Bill Cody Ranch in Wyoming.
Horseback riding at Bill Cody Ranch in Wyoming

25. Snorkeled in the Bahamas.

26. Had a pet rabbit (s).

27. Traveled solo on a Caribbean cruise.

28. Drank hot chocolate in Barcelona, Spain.

29. Visited the D-Day beaches, Normandy.

30. Visited the Tower of London.

31. Saw the Milky Way from Bryce Canyon.

32. Ran a 5K race.

33. Saw wildlife in Yellowstone.

34. Pet a stingray.

35. Lived in multiple states.

36. Rode in Cinderella’s Coach.

Cinderella’s Coach arrives The Wedding Pavilion for our 10th Anniversary Vow Renewal

37. Saw a rocket launch (twice).

New Horizons launches from Cape Canaveral in January 2006.
New Horizons Rocket Launch, January 2006.

38. Watched Nic’s grandparents nurture (and spoil) him. Priceless.

39. Visited the Library of Congress.

40. Planned magical Christmas mornings for my family.

41. Saw cherry blossoms in full bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

42. Learned to ice skate.

43. Took our son for his first ocean trip.

Baby's first trip to the ocean
First trip to the ocean

44. Took a romantic walk on a moonlit deck aboard a cruise ship.

45. Went whale watching from Provincetown, MA.

46. Visited a castle.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

47. Toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

48. Had a dog for his whole life (and he’s now 13).

49. Watched my son meet Mickey Mouse (age 2).

50. Saw the Roman Colosseum.

Roman Colosseum in Rome, Italy. A bucket list item crossed off.
Roman Colosseum

Now I can’t wait to hear what’s on your reverse bucket list. Tell me one unique item on your list!

Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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