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Christmas Traditions for Couples

What could be more romantic than Christmas time? The weather, the lights, the smells, it’s all magical. One misconception that some people have is that you can’t properly “do Christmas” without children. That couldn’t be more wrong. Now I can only imagine the magical feeling of seeing your children experience Christmas morning for the first time, but it’s just as magical making traditions with your special someone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch Christmas Movies

This tradition is a no-brainer, but it is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. Snuggling up next to the fireplace, making a pallet in the floor, and drinking hot cocoa while you watch a Christmas movie is the perfect way to start the season. Grab one of your favorite quilts or throws, add some comfy pillows, and crank up the fireplace. Let the Christmas spirit commence!

Have an Indoor Picnic (fondue anyone?)

While we are talking about making comfy pallets on the floor then we have to talk about an indoor picnic. There is nothing more romantic than a fondue picnic with sparkling juice by the fire. Instead of the traditional s’mores, try making a s’mores dip in a small cast iron skillet so you can eat it by the fire. The fondue doesn’t have to be complicated. Make a cheesy dipping sauce, slice some smoked meats, throw in mustard and crackers, and you are all set for new traditions.

Purchase a New Christmas Movie Each Year

Typically there is a new Christmas movie released each year. If you add one to your collection each year then you will have plenty of movies for those cozy nights in December. Also, Amazon has great deals on the classic Christmas movies. You can’t have too many Christmas movies!

New Comfy Pajamas

Black Friday is the perfect time to buy those Christmas jammies. New flannel tops, fleece bottoms, cozy robes, and warm slippers are needed for the winter nights ahead. Pick out new pajamas for each other to put a fun spin on it. Make this one of your Christmas traditions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Baking and Decorating Christmas Cookies

Baking Christmas cookies was a tradition that my family started when I๏ธ was in high school. We gathered in the kitchen and decorated tons of homemade sugar cookies for friends, family, and ourselves.

Now we carry on that tradition as a couple. It’s so much fun making the dough, rolling it out, and pulling out all of the cookie cutters and sprinkles that I๏ธ purchased after Christmas the year before. Sometimes the dough is homemade and sometimes it’s semi-homemade, but the fun is always the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Breakfast/Brunch

One of our newest traditions is a Christmas morning breakfast/brunch. Wake up on Christmas morning, turn on a Christmas movie, and open presents. After the festivities, start putting together a yummy breakfast.

Last year, my menu consisted of juice, chicken and waffles, skillet potatoes, and bacon. Who knows what it will be this year?!

Hot Cocoa and Christmas Lights

Hot cocoa is a staple in the winter time. For the perfect date night, pour your cocoa in a thermos and go find the best Christmas light displays in your area. Some neighborhoods go all out! Crank up the Christmas music and enjoy some holiday cheer.

Local Christmas Parades

Christmas parades and tree lighting ceremonies typically happen early in December. What better way to jump-start the Christmas season?

Find a courthouse and downtown area are lit up beautifully. Plan on packing some hot cocoa and go to the Christmas parade together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Buying Gifts Off the Angel Tree

Sponsoring a child from an Angel Tree is a great tradition to have. It’s not only meaningful to a child who wouldn’t typically get presents for Christmas, but it’s important to serve others as a couple.

It’s easy to miss the true meaning of Christmas with all the hustle and bustle so make sure to serve others this Christmas season.

Buying a Meaningful Ornament While on Vacation

Every year we take a vacation and purchase a Christmas ornament to commemorate the trip. It’s always fun to unpack the ornaments and reminisce about the adventures. You can start this tradition now by purchasing an ornament on your next trip, or you can search Amazon for ornaments that represent your trips together that you’ve already taken.

Decorate the Tree Together

Decorating the Christmas tree can be a time consuming process and some people may not enjoy it. You can get all of the “filler ornaments” on the tree and save the sentimental ones for a time you can decorate together.

Make a Hot Cocoa Station

Hot cocoa is always a good idea. What makes it even better is having a cocoa bar available all winter long.

Have your special someone tell you their favorite hot cocoa toppings and pick them up at the store.

Some of the toppings that frequent my hot cocoa station are:

  • cinnamon

  • peppermint chunks

  • white chocolate chips

  • crunchy mini marshmallows

  • soft mini marshmallows

  • Andes mints

  • cinnamon candies

  • packets of various flavors of hot cocoa (Land O’ Lakes is my favorite!)

  • toffee bits

Take Pictures for Christmas Cards

You don’t have to hire a professional photographer to get decent pictures for a Christmas card. Ask a close friend or family member to snap a few photos in front of a pretty background. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Your friends and family will feel special just because you thought to send out Christmas cards. Grab a couple mugs and a blanket for photo props. Make it fun!

Search for Local Christmas Events

Check Facebook and your state’s website for local events to attend with your sweetie. There are tons of options this time of year, from parades and Christmas lights to Broadway musical tours. Check it out! A lot of local events are free too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The photo above was in a hotel lobby that has a 20+ feet tell LIVE Christmas tree. It’s gorgeous and free to visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

Embrace the Magic

Christmas is a magical time. Go visit neighborhoods with Christmas light displays. Our courthouse and downtown area are always lit up so we love packing up in the car and enjoying the magic of Christmas together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Read the Night Before Christmas Together on Christmas Eve

You don’t have to have kids to enjoy the traditional Christmas story, “The Night Before Christmas”. Take turns reading a page each out loud to one another on Christmas Eve. You won’t regret it!

Read the Christmas Story on Christmas Day

Jesus is the reason for the season. Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that you forget the true meaning of Christmas. Open up your Bible or the Bible app and read the account of Mary, Joseph, and our Savior, Jesus.

Get Outside and Bundle Up

Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside the house all winter long. Get outside and enjoy the cold together. Bundle up and hike a trail or walk around at a local market. Visit a Christmas tree farm. The cold air will get your blood pumping and will make your honey want to hold your hand even more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Take a Trip

It’s fun to take a trip no matter what time of year. There is something magical about traveling to new towns near Christmas time. Pick a place that neither of you have seen before and make a weekend getaway of it. Find some a little cafe, sip coffee, and experience Christmas in a new place together!

For more travel advice, check out these posts!

Planning the Perfect Weekend Getaway

Planning a Vacation on a Budget

Essential Tools for Stress-Free Travel

Go to a Party

Christmas is the time for parties. Instead of dreading them, make it a special time where you can dress up, eat yummy food, and celebrate the best parts of the season. You can even go out and find new party outfits for the occasion. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are some of your favorite traditions with your special someone? Did I leave out any really good ones? Let me know how you and your sweetie celebrate the season in the comments below!

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