Post # 1
I am having such a hard time this year and am hoping for some help.
My family is gone. And those who are not are estranged.FH’s family are like strangers and we will only see his Mom.
My family traditions are gone. And my FH’s family has no traditions. Also, he is living at him Mom’s because she just had surgery. So, I am just feeling alone. And like I need to start our own traditions.
So, please tell me what you do together.
I need some fun! I loved my family traditions and sadly there is no way of replicating them with just the two of us.
Post # 3
This time of year is hard when you aren’t with family. But it’s a good idea to create new traditions. We are not celebrating with our families this year. Some of the traditions we’ve enjoyed:
giving each other small gifts on the 12 days of christmas
fancy dates at nice restaurants
going to the movies
decorating our home
playing board games
going for snowy walks, looking at lights
cooking elaborate meals together, enjoying a nice bottle of wine
Post # 4
@Cyclebride: starting your own traditions is a great idea! Fiance and I are celebrating Christmas just us this year too! I love making and decorating Christmas trees, seeing Christmas lights, eating fancy dinners, and spending ALL Christmas Day in my PJs, preferably eating home made cinnamon rolls!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
I’m sorry to hear about your family. i can imagine that it is tough (hugs). I think your idea of starting some new traditions is a great one!
Do you have a favorite holiday movie/beverage you can share for a cozy night in(We love “Elf” as it’s not as sappy as many other Chirstmas movies and spiked hot cocoa)?
Do you decorate a tree together (If so, consider making an ornament out of a section of the trunk if your tree is real a la Pinterest)?
Are you outdoorsy (If so, consider ice skating, sledding, skiing or snowshoeing somewhere fun)?
Is there an event your city/town is known for (I make Darling Husband take me to see the holiday lights at the Botanic Gardens in Denver each year)?
Do you have anywhere to be on Christmas Day (If not, why not bake something yummy, exchange gifts and stay in your PJS all day)?
Are you into cultural events (I usually see either “The Nutcracker”, “The Messiah” or “A Christmas Carol” with girlfriends or Darling Husband each year (This year “The Messiah” with a girlfriend as Darling Husband isn’t into classical music)?
Are you or Fiance religious (If so, I imagine there are some beautiful, candlelit, Christmas Eve services in your area)?
Do you like to do things for others (We always have fun packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child and/or taking a name from the giving tree in town)?
Know any cute kids or have friends with them(Go to a holiday play or concert for some cute, typically free fun)?
Lots of good ideas from other bees and on Pinterest too!
Post # 6
The tradition we started just the two of us and try to honour is buying 5 stocking stuffers under $50. It’s fun and a little bit of a challenge!
Post # 7
@Cyclebride: Give gifts 🙂
My favorite holiday tradition is buying gifts for kids I have never met and dreaming of their cute faces christmas morning 🙂
Bake a new recipe! We have a HUGE book full of recipes we find and try each year
Go and spend your time with others! We spend the week of christmas spending a day or two at a food bank 🙂
Do a gift exchange! Buy three girfts for each other and open two on christmas eve (one or two gifts should be joke presents!)
Go out caroling with some friends!
Go watch a christmas play! There are always plays going on this time of year!
Cafe hop! Me and Darling Husband LOVE going to any place that has christmas decor up! Some places are hits and others are misses
Post # 8
We make Gingerbread “houses” together. One year we made a church. Another year we replicated our house. This year we are making a carousel with reindeer.
We make (some) homemade gifts.
We watch particular favorite Christmas movies.
We have cinnamon buns on Christmas morning.
We eat other food that our families traditionally made:
Coffee jello, date nut bread, lefsa, tourtiere, trifle.
We play board/card games.
We’ve “adopted” a family for Christmas.
We’ve sang carols at a Nursing Home.
Post # 9
We do an advent calender each year, Christmas Eve church service and then desert and board games and simple dinner, Christmas Day we do a nice brunch before presents then do Chinese takeout for dinner. It would be a good time to start a nice Christmas Day brunch, formal christma eve dinner or whatever else appeals to you. Do you have friends you can invite? If not I’d start now with the intention of growing into it with new friends next year
Post # 10
Check out different cultural Christmas traditions. You can pick some that appeal to you, or even try out different ones each year!
Post # 11
@Cyclebride: Awww. I’m sorry! That is really hard but it’s fun to start your own traditions!
We are big Christmas light enthusiasts! We look up all the neighborhoods with awesome displays and spend our evenings driving around looking at them. We get Starbucks and put on Christmas music and just have a nice, relaxed hour or more looking at everyone else’s hard work.
We are doing stocking presents for each other this year. Just simple, fun little things. It will be fun to open them together over breakfast Christmas day.
You could watch Christmas movies together one night. Make it a drinking game if you do that. Or make a nice fancy dinner and watch them. Or buy/make lots of fun snack foods. Whatever is most “you”.