It is time to welcome the holiday spirit and bond in your relationship by creating new traditions that can be passed on for years to come.
Traditions are like little pieces of magic that you get to sprinkle down to future generations and create excitement and anticipation that really tend to bond all relationships closer with time. Regardless of the time frame of your relationship, new or old, starting the habit of creating your own traditions as a couple can be a super special and uplifting ray of light in these modern times, which, in my opinion, lack the presence of caring, sentimental acts that truly give the opportunity to showcase how much you love your special someone and cherish the ability to celebrate life together (especially around holiday time).
Christmas is the perfect way to kick things off and get started by making traditions of your own, be it a grand occasion or an everyday treat. Here are some suggestions on how you can do this:
Christmas movie-marathon night.
Pick a special night or day in December and binge watch as many Christmas favourites as you can. Ensure the movies are mutual favourites and have some wine, steaming hot cocoa or peppermint tea prepared and waiting, along with all holiday snacks that remind you of Christmas. This is not expensive and all you need to do is make the time. Remember when you were a child and you looked forward to the movies, music and food? It is time to find that childlike excitement again with your partner.
Do a selfless act together
Make it a tradition to volunteer this Christmas as a couple. Pick a cause that is close to you both and dedicate some time to researching a charitable organisation and what you can do to make somebody’s Christmas a little brighter. Trust me, there is no feeling like giving to those in need. It really highlights what the spirit of the holidays is all about – sharing, caring, being thankful for what you have been blessed with and sharing that happiness with others. You can even take it a step further and do a drive of your own, collecting items from the entire family and making it a group activity each year.
Décor with a Purpose
Decorate this year with a personalised touch. Plan in advance to make personalised ornaments with each other’s name and the year. Collecting the various ornaments as the years pass by is truly a sweet gesture that even your children will appreciate and continue. Also, personalised stockings are a big hit that everyone seems to love. When we take the time to give little things with big details, we create a place and mood of thoughtfulness allowing the special people in our lives to feel appreciated and remembered.
Cards and Letters
I am big on writing and honestly, I think that cards and handwritten letters are a must. This year make it a tradition to buy a funny Christmas card one week before Christmas and laugh together as a couple. It is great to keep things lighthearted and fun. Also, write down what was your best experience together for the year and exchange it. Remembering memories and reliving good times are never a bad thing. It allows you to appreciate your journey together and look forward to the future.
Host a Christmas Mixer
Make it a tradition to host a holiday party with all your loved ones. Make it fun by mixing drinks with holiday flavours and names. Don’t forget the turkey and ham along with pastelle and black cake. Throw in some funny Santa hats and reindeer antlers for guests. Another fun idea is making it a themed event and asking everyone to wear Christmas sweaters or Christmas pajamas. The photos will be amazing. If hosting is not an option, how about planning a Christmas dinner as a couple or as a family. It’s a great way to celebrate and give thanks with good food and better company.
I hope you liked my suggestions and I am certain there are many more just waiting to be carried out this year. Don’t let the years pass you by without the magic of traditions. Be creative as a couple and build a legacy that will last and evoke what the holidays are all about. The effort makes such a huge difference in the quality of your relationship, promoting a sense of heartfelt comfort and belonging. We are in December everyone; Make your first tradition today!