Last year, my husband and I celebrated our first Christmas together as Newlyweds! Being in a new city, it felt that much more important for us to create our own holiday traditions. Holiday traditions are so important for Newlyweds, it’s something you’ll pass down the line as your little family grows. It’s just one of those things that goes without thinking, but means so much as you look back on life. Each person will bring a handful of traditions to the table, and it’s important to decide what you’ll continue, and maybe: add a new one! This can be such a fun thing to decide on when you’re newly married, and sometimes, even stressful. The key is to simply have fun and create memories that will last a lifetime. Today I’m sharing with you all our personal Christmas traditions, and a list to add to your own.
December is a jam packed month for the hubs and I, between his birthday, our “dating” anniversary and the holidays, it’s hard to get a free minute. Last year, we chose to celebrate our four year dating anniversary by visiting Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. It was our first time, and we were beyond excited to tour the marketplace. As we walked around the shop, we noticed there was so much Christmas décor, and by default we decided to form our first Christmas tradition right then and there. We decided to celebrate our anniversary, by purchasing one ornament each year to add to our Christmas tree. This year, we plan on going back to Magnolia on our anniversary to pick out another.
All of our lives, we were so fortunate to be able to cut our own Christmas tree down. This was either in the form of heading out in our backyard, or hitting up a local tree farm. It’s so meaningful to go out in the snow, find a cute looking tree and cut it down yourself. In the past few years when we were in Maine, we would just go out in the backyard and find a small tree. Now that we’ve been in Dallas, we can’t exactly do that. Last year we tried going to a tree farm, but because it’s so rare out here, the prices were insanely expensive. When we move back home to New England, we are certainly looking forward to bringing this tradition back to life.
One thing we never fail to do each year is sip hot chocolate while watching old Christmas movies. We love to reminisce and watch old favorites, such as: The Santa Claus, The Grinch, Frosty The Snowman ect. It’s so nice to get cozy, light a fire and get in the spirit by watching movies. Last year, we went on tour to see Christmas lights in a nearby neighborhood, and came home to watch a few movies, and it was so memorable. There’s just something about watching old movies and feeling nostalgia around Christmas time.
Send out a personalized Christmas Cards
Tour neighborhoods to look at Christmas Lights
Try your hand at making Gingerbread houses
Give back together & volunteer
Coordinate “matching” Christmas outfits
Create themed stockings
Decorate the Christmas tree on a designated day
Purchase a bottle of Champagne to pop open with Christmas dinner
Have a Christmas-themed date night during the month of December
Hang the mistletoe together
Create a Christmas Eve box to open together
Attend a tree lighting event somewhere significant
Watch a Christmas movie together on Christmas Eve
Go on a winter hike
Partake in your local towns holiday events
What are some of the traditions you have in your home? Share with me in the comments below!