Navigating the holidays as a newly married couple can be a little complicated as you figure out how to coordinate both of your families celebrations. As you blend your favorite family traditions, don't forget to start a few of your own! Below are a few ideas of simple traditions you can start with your significant other to make the holidays special for you as a couple:
Go to a local tree lighting
Most towns have some sort of tree lighting festival that usually takes place a few weeks before Christmas, so you don’t have to worry about any conflicts with your family gatherings! Make a late dinner reservation somewhere nearby, or find a place to grab drinks and dessert after. At our last tree lighting, we found a heated patio with a view of the festivities, so we were able to watch the show in warmth with a Christmas cocktail!
Exchange stockings instead of gifts
Instead of giving each other gifts, consider stuffing stockings instead! We’ve been doing this for a few years, and it’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. We set a limit (usually $30-$50), and fill each other’s stockings with treats and small gifts we think the other person will like. Over the years, Jake has filled mine with slippers, scarves, holiday flavored K-cups, candles, fancy pens and notepads, pajama pants, and even wine. The stockings I put together for Jake usually include candy and snacks, gear from his favorite sports teams, and any other unique gifts I think he will like. This Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge was one of his favorites! Stockings are a great way to take the pressure out of finding the perfect gift, and add a fun element of surprise without breaking the bank.
Get a morning workout in
Start your morning off right with a little exercise before digging into the sugar cookies and candy! Whether we run a 5k or just Simply Fit Board in our pajamas while watching a Christmas movie, we try to get some kind of workout in before heading out to family celebrations.
Go ice skating
Bundle up and pretend you are in a Hallmark movie as you ice skate hand in hand! Once you’ve made a few laps (or fallen a few times), find a holiday beverage and a bench to people watch.
Have a traveling coffee date
Chances are, your holiday plans involve a bit of driving. Get into the Christmas spirit by driving through Starbucks for a holiday beverage to enjoy en route! Share some of your favorite childhood holiday memories or rank your top 10 favorite Christmas movies. We usually travel about an hour to our family gatherings, so we have just enough time for a little traveling coffee date!
Gingerbread house decorating
Decorate together or make a competition out of coming up with the most creative concept! Use a social media poll or group text to have your family and friends choose a winner.
Look at Christmas lights
Grab some hot chocolate and blankets and drive around the neighborhood checking out everyone’s holiday decorations! Maybe even print out an award to leave on the doorstep of the house you deem the most festive. We’re hoping the 30 degree temperature swings characteristic of Texas weather allow us to stroll instead of drive this year!
It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit! Start a tradition with your significant other in the beginning of December before the craziness begins. Even small traditions will leave you with memories you will cherish for years to come! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?