Post # 1
This is DH & I’s first Christmas together married and I would like to start some new traditions together. We do not have kids and many Christmas activities obviously revolve around children, so I was wondering what are some traditions/activities you guys do that do not involve kids. I’d like to do something fun & different on Christmas day especially, just the two of us. We will be splitting the day between our two families but want to take some time to do something ourselves.
Post # 2
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 # 3
I thought about doing a gingerbread house or cookies and watching some Christmas movies. It would be really fun to get out and do something outdoors but unfortunately it doesn’t snow here, the past two Christmases it was in the 80s!
Post # 4
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
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
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
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 # 8
I love the hay ride idea! Wish we had a truck to do that in. We do have a drive through light show so we might ride through that one night with some hot chocolate! I’ve also considered volunteering at the rescue mission, but we do something similar on Christmas Eve with my family. We are very involved with the homeless in our city so we go buy a whole bunch of food and goodies and pass them out to the people we know downtown. It’s so fun! Maybe we will try to go with an organization on Christmas morning. I think we will go see our families later as I like the idea of just having the morning with DH to do whatever!
Post # 9
Christmas morning we always bake croissants and thats our breakfast! I think thats our only real tradition lol.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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:
Finish any preparations/wrapping/shopping
Drinks in town with our friends
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
Gift exchange with my family, and proper Christmas dinner (turkey and all the trimmings)