Post # 1
This is the first Christmas that I will be away from my parents for Christmas. My fiancee and I moved to a new city far away from our family and friends. I decided we would have to make an extra effort to do christmasy things so that it still feels like Christmas and we do not get too lonely! We also thought it would be a good idea to start developping our own Christmas traditions that we can continue when we have our own children. Does anyone have any fun suggestions? Any special Christmas traditions that you and your fiancées have started?
Post # 3
My Fiance and I go to the Hallmark store every year and buy several ornaments for our Christmas tree. I always think it is so cool to look at my dad’s ornaments from the 70s while he tells me about what he was doing and what memories he has associated with those ornaments. We love buying really beautiful ornaments and decorations and I hope my kids will experience some of the same magic that I felt when I would dig out my parents decorations every December. We also have special desserts that we make every Christmas (candied pecans and a pumpkin gingerbread trifle).
Post # 4
My Fiance and I aren’t religious but we are kind of doing Christmas. We got a tree together for the first time (we’ve lived together for a few years but never stayed in town for Christmas). It was really fun to pick it out and decorated it, and my Fiance got us an ornament since we said we would get some new ones every year. Don’t stress over it, just try to do fun things!
Post # 5
That is a great idea! I also saw some links on pinterests with ideas for making your own decorations..maybe we will get a little crafty and attempt to make a few.
Post # 6
We’re in the same boat. This is actually going to be our 2nd Christmas together though. For the 1st one we were broke college students who couldn’t afford to go home, so we didn’t have the money or desire to create traditions together at the time. This year we don’t feel that it’s practical to go home, because of our jobs, among other reasons.
So far we’ve picked out a Christmas tree together. Tonight we plan to decorate the tree and drink eggnog. On Christmas eve we are going to go to mass together. That’s all we really have planned so far though.
Post # 7
How about decorating a gingerbread house together? Even if you buy one of the kits to start it is a fun thing to do together.
Check out a local ice skating rink.
Get each other stockings and open them on Xmas eve and make your favorite meal that night. Set the table with candle light and make it festive.
Post # 8
I get each of my kids an ornament that symbolizes the most memorable event of the past year; this year my daughter will get an engagement ornament, plus an extra one for her first year as a teacher. You could start by choosing one for each other, and then extend that to your kids as they come along. Putting up the tree becomes a walk down memory lane, especially with the ones I have “customized.” The one from the year my daughter had chicken pox features a little girl who looks like her, with tiny red dots added all over! As she takes these with her to her new home, she can eventually tell her own kids what each one signifies, and carry on the tradition. We also get a new Christmas book each year and try to read them all during the holiday season.
Post # 9
My fiance and I spent last Christmas together alone, because I couldn’t leave my station (I’m active duty). I’m from the south, so we started a new Christmas Eve tradition where I make gumbo. Is there any special food you both like? You could make that for Christmas Eve dinner.
Post # 10
I agree with the bees here. I was not in the mood for Christmas but SO said to get a small tree anyway. We got one of those cheaper pre-lit trees. Spent a Saturday decorating it and watching Christmas Vacation. It was so wonderful. And now when I look at all the various decorations, it makes me smile.
Don’t underestimate decorations for putting you in the holiday spirit.
I also second the cooking/baking. It’s such a fun couple activity that gets overlooked. Even one of those simple easy bake desserts. It’s the thought of it.
Post # 11
Great suggestions everyone 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - Makena Cove
This is our second Christmas living together and last year we set up our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving dinner so we did it again this year. This time we put on our ugly sweaters and listened to Christmas music while decorating and it was really fun. Our newest tradition is taking a photo of us when we are done decorating and putting it in an ornament frame. Those pics should be fun to look at years down the road!
Post # 13
We buy each other ornaments, but we are being picky – we both LOVE the mercury glass style, so that’s all we’re getting from now on. We go to midnight service at church, and drive around to look at lights.
I’ve spent a few Christmas’ alone, one with a boyfriend, and one with my Darling Husband. To me, finding what to do on your own is actually one of the best parts. Decorating a house for the first time was really fun last year – we had a staircase, so I was able to decorate with garland and ribbons. I miss that house 🙁 This year, we are in an apartment again, and we will be gone for 3 weeks over Christmas, so no decorating 🙁
Post # 14
Do you have Christmas traditions you usually do with your family that you can still do with your fiance? I live near my family, but if we ever move away, we will still do gingerbread houses, bake cookies, and go driving to look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. I will also probably always do the big Christmas breakfast that my family does…we do breakfast instead of a traditional Christmas dinner, and snack all day!
Post # 15
I’m going to make cinammon ornaments for the tree, it’s just not christmas for me without them. And we always go to the local mega church that does a super HUGE light display. So we do that every year.
Post # 16
We’ve been buying ornaments over the past year to remind us of places we’ve gone, things we’ve done, etc. Also, I asked my parents for an ornament from home, and asked his for the same. I can’t wait to surprise him with ornaments from his childhood when we decorate our tree tomorrow! You can also look for local events like tree lightings or light displays to go see.