For most people December is a pretty busy month full of hustle and bustle. It can go by in a whirl of wrapping paper and tinsel, but if you’re newly married you might be looking for ways to savor it. Your first everything as a married couple suddenly seems a little more important, so try these tips to make the very most of your first married holiday season.
Make a Holiday Card
I mean, you do have a few pictures to choose from, right? Go ahead and rifle back through all your gorgeous wedding photos and pull out your absolute favorite. Then head on over to any number of online photo card sites, add a little holiday cheer and voila! First holiday card done! The joint Christmas card shows you have arrived. You are an official unit. If you haven’t sent one out before, take this opportunity to give it a try. You might even get to use that brand new address label with your names on it.
Go Ice Skating
This might sound like a silly suggestion, but I promise it’s not. Sure, you might look silly, but you’ll feel happy. Going ice-skating is a ‘date’ kind of thing. It’s a date kind of thing because it’s innately romantic. The two of you bundled up, hand in hand and arm in arm? Takes you back, doesn’t it? It’s also a great example of getting out there and making plans and having adventures however small.
Start Your Own Tradition
Whether it’s watching a movie or making a special meal together it’s nice to find your own holiday traditions. Navigating the choppy waters of family holidays can get tricky once you are married, so it’s important to establish a few things for yourselves before you get pulled in all sorts of family directions. It’s a lot like your wedding day actually, you have to remember to take a little bit of it for yourselves.
Make an Advent Calendar
If you celebrate Christmas, make your own custom, interactive advent calendar. I realize it’s ambitious and it’s already a week into December, but it’s never too late to make each day count. Find yourself an advent calendar with fillable boxes and get to work writing messages. Advent calendars are probably mostly for kids, but why not make a thing of it in the morning? One of you opens the little box and finds a love note or a smiley face or a piece of candy? Sounds like a good way to start off the morning. Plus you can both get involved. Think of it as a mailbox where you can both drop off gifts and messages. Presents before the presents? Sign me up.