Many holiday traditions seem to revolve around kids but it’s nice to have traditions if you don’t have children, or even if you do it’s nice to have some that you just share with your spouse.
Holiday traditions are a great way for spouses to connect. However, with the all busyness of the holidays you can easily forget to spend much time as just a couple. And it’s a great way to create memories together.
Ideas for New Traditions
- Put up the Christmas tree together. Put on some holiday music or a movie and put up your tree. You could also have a special treat or dinner that night.
- Go out looking at Christmas lights. Turn on some Christmas music and drive around a few neighborhoods, a park or other area with nice displays. It’s also fun to fill some insulated mugs with hot cocoa to drink while you drive around. You could also do a little Christmas light scavenger hunt.
- Give each other stockings. Stockings are a lot of fun and can easily be budget friendly.
- Share an advent calendar. You can go with the more traditional chocolate advent calendar, fill one with dates, romantic coupons, or even a mixture of all of these things.
- Buy each other ornaments. Pick one that makes you think of your spouse, or maybe one that represents something you did that year. It’s fun to look back at all of the ones you’ve gotten each other over the years.
- Make gingerbread cookies together. Decorating gingerbread cookies can be a lot of fun, plus you get a tasty treat. There is no reason this has to be a kids activity. You could even take some of the cookies to a elderly family member or give some to your neighbors.
- Make a holiday bucket list. Come up with all of the things you want to do together during the holiday season. You can use my free holiday bucket list printable and hang it on the fridge and try to mark off as many of the activities as possible.
- Camp out in the living room with the Christmas tree all lit up. There is something magical about a Christmas tree all lit up at night. Make a pallet in the floor and camp out like you did when you were kids. If you really prefer to sleep in your bed, just stay there for a movie and some popcorn.
- Read a book together. Take turns reading a holiday story you both enjoy.
And most of all remember to make time for each other. You likely have a lot of family and friend activities but alone time is also important. Traditions also don’t have to be serious, many of the best are kind of silly. My husband and I like to put up our tree very soon after Halloween so we ended up starting to watch Harry Potter every year when we put up the tree. It’s not a traditional tradition but we love it!
What are some traditions you and your spouse have? Do you remember to make time for each other? Join the conversation in the comments.