I adore holidays. I enjoy anticipating them, celebrating them, and especially embracing the spirit of them. Holidays are my thing. My husband calls me the “holiday guru”. Okay, so you get it, I freakin’ love holidays. Now, let’s move on…
Over the years Man has grown to appreciate some of my little holiday traditions and he’s adopted many of them as his own favorites. He recommended I shared our list of must-do rituals for the season with our readers. So here goes! These are 6 holidays traditions we recommend couples adopt this season. Hopefully any that apply will inspire you to add more precious and unforgettable memories. Tis the season for love and sharing after all…
The Double Header Movie Night
Everyone has that one (or two!) holiday film they’re a total sucker for, just must watch, and always arouses their seasonal spirit. Share yours with your partner and plan a double-header night. Popcorn (we put ours in these fabulous bowls we got as wedding gifts) and warm blankets are a must. Oh, and no pausing, and tears of joy welcome! (My pick is always The Family Stone and Man’s is Love Actually.)
Your Own Personal Tree Lighting Ceremony
If you’re celebrating Christmas and plan to put up a tree, go ahead, make a big deal of it. New York’s Rockefeller Center shouldn’t get to have all the fun! We reserve an entire evening, plan out the tree décor in advance, create a playlist of our favorite songs, and wear silly Santa hats. We toast hot cocoa (the Man makes from scratch) and place a new sentimental ornament we bought to represent that year on our tree.
Holiday Card Photo Shoots
Set the timer on your SLR, grab your coziest (or silliest) outfits for you, the kids, and your pet, and get in front of that tree. The results will make for great homemade cards and some seriously funny memories. Click here to see our favorite awkward family photo from last year.
Set the Stage for Togetherness
During the holiday season you spend a lot of time gathered around your dining room table – making it the perfect place to display your best seasonal décor skills. We host Christmas breakfast at our place so we make a point of picking out a new and special table setting each year. Last year we chose a reindeer theme courtesy of Target (see!), but this year we’re going for something a little more chic – which you’ll get a peek at real soon.
Make Sweet Memories Together
Scope out a sweet holiday dessert recipe you think you’ll love then head to the kitchen together. If you nail it, you’ll have delicious treats to share with each other and your holiday guests. If you don’t, you will have at least had fun trying, promise. We attempted to build a gingerbread house last year and failed terribly. This year we’re going to stick to cookies. (I found some great holiday cutters at Home Goods last week – go there, now!)
Share Your Reflections
Another year is coming to an end and whether it was a good one, a long one, or a rocky one, you’ll undoubtedly have feelings about the last 365 days. Share them with each other. We recommend getting holiday cards and writing letters to each other inside. In our letters each year we share our favorite memories we shared with each other, and the ones we look forward to making in the New Year. After we read our cards we talk about it and from those discussions usually comes inspiration and vision for our next year together.
What are some of your romantic holiday traditions? Inspire us and share!