Before we get into today's regular post, I wanted to share something much more important that I stumbled upon. A little girl, Safyre (who lost her family to a fire that was intentionally set in 2013 as well as being badly burned herself, having her right hand amputated and more recently, her left foot amputated) asked for just one thing this holiday season - Christmas cards. (more on the story can be found: here). You can send her cards to her at…
Safyre, P.O. Box 6126, Schenectady, NY, 12306
Help bring a smile to her face and spread the word for many more to do the same!
We are nine days into the holiday season (even more if you're counting before Thanksgiving which DOES count). This is my favorite time of the year and I think of it many many times throughout the year. Now that I'm married, I love it even more! We have such fun doing our "own" little things to celebrate the season. There are so many great things - big and little - for couples to enjoy this time together. We are all about starting a new tradition, no matter what the time.
A lot of people commented last week when I shared how Derek and I do "Christmas Just the Two" how much they loved the idea (or did something similar!) so I thought I'd share some other things we do, would like to do or are trying new this year. Eighteen of my favorite ideas below…
Christmas Just the Two: Just before Christmas (the 22nd or 23rd) or even Christmas Eve, a time to celebrate the holiday with just the two of you and have a focus on just that. *This is my favorite thing that we do right now with a special dinner and gift opening. Even after we have children I always want to continue with this - maybe with us opening gifts together with a special cocktail on Christmas Eve
A Christmas Production: The Christmas Story, The Nutcracker, a local holiday show - these would all make the perfect date night. This is a new one we're trying this year.
Christmas Lights Night: So easy! Grab some coffee or hot chocolate, some Christmas music and set out for the neighborhoods near yours and enjoy the beauty of the Christmas lights.
Gift Shopping Date: It makes Christmas shopping a lot more fun, I'll say that! Set out for an afternoon or evening of shopping followed up by dinner and you have yourselves a nice little night out while crossing some shopping off the list.
Stocking Stuffer Date: Focusing just on these little items one night. Whether you go with your significant other, split up and shop for each other or if you're both shopping for others' stockings together - these are some of the most fun Christmas items to shop for and doing it together can make it even more fun.
Visit Santa: Who said this is only for kids? I think every couple should grab this shot (the guy might not be super into it, but with a good lunch or dinner following it - he may change his mind!). I treasure the shot we got our first married Christmas.
Tree Lighting (or visiting the tree after): Attending a local tree lighting is so "Christmasy." If you can't make it to the lighting, just visiting the tree during the season is good enough - it would make for a nice festive night out.
Christmas Movie Night With All the Fixings: 25 Days of Christmas, Hallmark Christmas Movies, DVD's… There are plenty out there. It would be a perfect night in to watch one of these classics with all the delicious movie theater snacks. *This is one I've been so wanting to find the time for, for a while now.
Wrapping Party: In our house it's the lady that does the wrapping (The lady loves picking out the paper, making nice tags, and packaging up the gifts. The gent also really enjoys how this goes down). It would be an enjoyable task if you each poured yourselves a festive cocktail and enjoyed the festiveness together.
Ice Skating: The classic winter date activity need I say more.
Play Hooky - Day Date: Shopping, Activities, Shows - it is nice to do all these things while avoiding a crowd. If possible, both take the day off and enjoy a day date of all things festive.
Give Back: Gathering food for the food bank, shopping together for an angel tree gift, volunteering at local places, etc. Turn giving back into a date and it's the perfect time to spend together.
Gingerbread House Making: Another classic holiday event. This one is another one that isn't just for the kids. Bring out your inner child and build a house together or perhaps turn it into a competition and each make your own.
Plan a Progressive Dinner: My parents, aunts and uncle did this one when they were my age - appetizers at one house, soup/salad at another house, entrees at another and dessert at a final house. Get toughener with your man and plan the night out for a fun night to enjoy with neighbors or friends with houses near by.
Tree Cutting Day: Make a special day out of getting your tree - whether it be a full day or just a meal attached to it - something special. *I've never had a real tree in my life, always fake, but Derek's on the real tree train and when the time comes that we do add a real tree to our house (along with our fake ones) we most definitely will be making a day out of it.
Read an Advent Scripture/Devotional Each Night: The reason for the season - there are so many great scriptures this time of the year and it only takes a few minutes out of each day to read them together.
Carriage or Sleigh Ride: What says a Christmas date more than this?
Holiday Class (Painting, Cooking, Etc.): Painting with a twist to make a raindeer canvas, cooking a holiday meal at Sur La Table - taking part in a holiday activity is a great way to get festive.
'Tis the Season
Linking up with Thoughts for Thursday today.