Ahh, the holidays.
That magical time of year filled with twinkling lights, holiday cheer, and cozy nights in front of the fire with hot cocoa. Honestly, this is my time of the year. True introvert that I am, I love nothing more than cuddling up with my husband and having an excuse to do nothing but spend some quiet time together.
Although there are all kind of articles about slowing down during the holidays and embracing the beauty of the season, I say forget it all! What better time to add some meaningful memories that will last forever?
All gift-giving aside (there will be a gift, right hubs?) now is the time to embrace some fun new holiday traditions that you can start as a couple this year. Click through for 7 ideas:
7 new holiday traditions to start as a couple. 1 of 7
Buy a new ornament together every year. 2 of 7
This is one of my favorite holiday traditions that my husband and I started early on during our dating years. Every year, we will go to the big Christmas store in our town and pick out an ornament that is meaningful to us that year; they have been everything from a silly ornament that made us laugh to an ornament that displayed our wedding date the year we got married — after Christmas, of course!
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Get a real Christmas tree together. 3 of 7
Sure, you may have to spend a little extra time vacuuming or watering a real tree, but re-create the favored montage in any cheesy romantic holiday movie by hitting up a real Christmas tree farm with your man. Take the carriage ride out to the woods or go for a hike and cue the frolicking-in-the-snow background music. It will be a fun, if freezing, experience together and of course will lead to some cozy moments in front of tree later as well. (And by that I mean, hot chocolate, obviously.) And keep in mind, Charlie Brown trees are perfectly sized for apartments!
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Take a holiday drive (or walk) together. 4 of 7
My husband and I actually did this one last night and it was so simple, yet perfect. Fill up a cup with hot chocolate or coffee and simply enjoy spending time together driving around enjoying the festive lights of the season. If you live in the city, alter this tradition by simply walking around and soaking in the sounds and sights of the holidays. I always find that the simplest of traditions usually end up being my favorite.
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Play spin the dreidel. 5 of 7
Bake together. 6 of 7
Whether it's Christmas cookies or some tasty rugelach, baking together is a fun (and delicious) way to spend time together over the holidays.
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Spend time with your grandparents. 7 of 7
Whether you celebrate Christmas or Kwanzaa, spending time with your grandparents and the elderly in your family is a cherished tradition. Learn the history of each other's families and cherish that time hearing of holidays long, long ago.
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