What are your holiday traditions?

posted 2 weeks ago in Holidays
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

This is our first Christmas alone together without our families so were also interested in this. One thing weve always done that we enjoy is decorating and building a gingerbread house although we often do this on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas day itself. The only other things we do every year are cook Christmas dinner and watch films. Growing up if it had snowed we used to go for a walk. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

It doesn’t snow here either, so on Christmas morning we plan to go for a pretty hike before going to have lunch with my family. It’s our first Christmas together as a married couple, too!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Not married yet, but FI and I have had this conversation before so I wanted to contribute. Also, I think a huge part of what you want to do would depend on WHEN you guys leave to do Christmas at your families. 

FI and I said for Christmas Eve we should get ourselves some PJs and then cuddle and watch a holiday movie or two and have some spiked hot chocolate.. just us time. Then we would wake up and do our intimate just us Christmas of opening gifts and make breakfast together and enjoy our morning coffee before heading out to our families Christmases. I know it sounds super simple.. but we aren’t like over-the-top people. I do know a lot of couples that go to the movies though and that always seems fun! My DREAM Christmas morning would be waking up, opening gifts and then taking a snow ride on our horses… but the weather is bipolar so snow is never guaranteed. 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I grew up in FL, so no snow here either. But something my family always did that I loved:

My dad would buy a couple bales of hay and fill up the back of his truck. Then, my mom, our neighbor friends, my brother, and I would claim in the back for a “hay ride.” He would open the windows and play Christmas music really loud and we would sing along or just sit back and enjoy. We always did this at night and he would drive up and down the streets looking at Christmas lights (driving slowly).

It was so much fun! Could even bring hot chocolate.

I know you mentioned you were looking for something for two, but just an idea for the future (or if you want to do this before Christmas day with a group of friends).

You could even just take the heart of the idea and go for a walk / bike ride together to admire the Christmas lights. 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Another idea for something you might not have thought of: You guys might really enjoy volunteering some of your time at a soup kitchen or hospital. I think it could be a great time for the two of you to bond and could be a lot of fun.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Christmas morning we always bake croissants and thats our breakfast! I think thats our only real tradition lol. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

It’s so fun to go for a walk on Christmas. I don’t know about where you live, but here the streets are usually empty so it’s a really unique atmosphere. 

Post # 11
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Newbee

Every Christmas Eve we usually take a long walk, the same route every year around our neighborhood and look at all the decorations and lights.

We also eat cinnamon donuts every Christmas morning. Nothing flashy but there it is.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

bee123456789 :  SO & I (as well as my 2 kids) decorate ornaments on Christmas morning. After our new ornaments are hung front in center, we open gifts. Also on Christmas Eve we all put on some new Christmas PJ’s, do a puzzle or two, play a few board games, and then end the night with a movie and hot chocolate. Even though we have kids, I think that this is something you and DH could do! Hope it helps & good luck on creating your own traditions!!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We spend Christmas day running around seeing both of our families, so the morning is just us. We make waffles, open presents and spend time together 🙂
Other traditions are picking a new ornament for the tree each year, watching a favorite christmas movie, hot cocoa, volunteering to walk dogs at the local shelter (not as many people willing to do it when its 32 degrees!)

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

bee123456789 :  ours will be out first on our own, too; having it completely on our own as OH doesn’t speak to his family now and I thought it might be difficult to be around my family on Christmas in the circumstances (my family are coming to ours on Boxing Day instead).

So far the plan is:

Christmas Eve:

Finish any preparations/wrapping/shopping

Drinks in town with our friends

Christmas Day:

Unwrap gifts with a cup of tea/coffee

Have smoked salmon/bacon and scrambled eggs with mimosas for brunch

Walk to one of the local pubs and have a drink

Watch Christmas films, eat party food, and drink champagne

Boxing Day:

Gift exchange with my family, and proper Christmas dinner (turkey and all the trimmings)

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