Our Favorite Christmas Eve Tradition

We (well, maybe just me) loved the idea so much that I convinced Joe to make it a tradition and open our gifts at midnight every year since. Except, if I’m being honest, we don’t make it to midnight anymore because we’re way too tired. Instead, we’ve made it a Christmas Eve tradition to do after we’ve helped Santa and made sure everything is ready at our house for Christmas morning. It’s a tradition that will actually serve a purpose for the rest of our marriage!

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Christmas Lights Drive - Holiday Date Idea

The first Christmas that we were married, I had a fun and low key idea for a date night tradition that I hoped we would continue for years to come. Rather than walking around somewhere to look at a Christmas lights display, I thought it would more enjoyable to drive around one night and see as many different lights as possible. That first year, we stopped to grab a cup of hot chocolate and drove up into some of the wealthier neighborhoods on the mountain, listening to Christmas music while we looked at their lights. We had such a good time that we’ve made that drive every year since.

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Christmas Cookie Decorating Date Night + The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Rather than having my own sugar cookie decorating party to get gifts ready for neighbors and our contribution ready for parties, I invite Joe to join me and we make a date of it. Some times he helps me frost, but most times he’s the taste tester every step of the way. We turn on Christmas music or bring the small TV up and watch a Christmas movie while we decorate. Sometimes we’ll get all of the decorating done while the kids are decorating their cookies at the kitchen table, but a lot of times I opt to wait until they have gone to bed or are taking their naps.

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Holiday Gift Wrapping - At Home Date Night Idea

Are you a wrap presents as you purchase them type person or do you wait until the weekend before Christmas and wrap them all at once. I tend to do the latter because I like to get it all done in one sitting. The last couple of years, we’ve made a date night out of wrapping Christmas gifts and it makes the whole process a lot more fun! This at home date is perfect for a night when you don’t have family parties or other things going on. It gives you an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company after the kids are in bed, while still crossing something off of your to do list.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Spouse

Stocking stuffers are my husband's most dreaded thing to shop for and my favorite! Last year when we were out shopping for gifts with the kids, I pointed out a few great stocking stuffer gifts that I would love to hopefully help my husband out. In my stocking a few weeks later, I found a plethora of face and food masks. I have loved and used them all but I couldn’t help but giggle that he had focused on one of the suggestions I gave him and went to town. This year I’m hoping that this post of ideas will help him and other spouses out there who stress out about what to put in their loved one’s stockings!

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Holiday Traditions for Married Couples

The holidays are a lot of fun but they can also be crazy and chaotic. Amidst the chaos, it can be easy to let your marriage take the backseat to all of the family parties and activities that you have planned. Don’t let the fun that you have planned for the holidays take the place of the fun that you would usually be having together. Instead, create traditions that give you an opportunity to stay connected and increase the romance in your marriage through the holidays.

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Three Ways to Make Your Marriage a Priority During the Holiday Season

We’re heading into the busiest time of the year and I’m already thinking about how I’m going to make sure Joe and I are making each other a priority daily. Last year during the holidays season, our schedules got consumed with family parties, work events, church activities and Joe’s heavy load at work. I know that we aren’t the only ones who struggle to find time to connect with each other during the hustle and bustle of the holiday. These are the things that we are planning to do over the next month to ensure that we are making time for each other and that we keep our marriage strong as we head into the new year.

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Dividing Your Time with Both of Your Families During the Holidays and All Year Long

“How do you divide your time between the two of your families for the holidays?” It's one of the questions I get asked the most this time of year and one of the things that I think married couples worry about the most. Deciding how to spend your time for the holidays, which family traditions to participate, and making sure that you get quality time with each of your families while leaving room in the schedule for quiet nights at home and your own traditions can be a challenge.

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Making Your Spouse Feel Comfortable Their First Christmas Away From Home

Getting married is full of lessons all on it's own. Getting married and sharing holidays is a whole different ballpark. Our first Christmas married we packed up and went to spend it with Adam's family. I wont lie to you. It was a little harder than I thought it was going to be. Don't get me wrong. I love Adam's family. I really loved being with them and sharing the holidays at their house. His family is welcoming and warm and they have a lot of awesome traditions that it was fun to be a part of. I just don't think I was fully prepared mentally for my first Christmas away from home. Adam did everything he could to help me for comfortable. And we learned a lot about how we could make Christmas special no matter where we were. Here is what we do to help with making Christmas away from home comfortable.

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How to Blend Holiday Traditions in Your Marriage

One of the most fun times of the year to be a married couple is during the holidays. However, it can also be the most challenging time. Husbands and wives grow up with different families and had different traditions, and often this creates conflict about how holidays should be celebrated. My husband grew up in Tennessee where Christmas has the possibility of a little snow, and I grew up in California where winter really isn't much different than any other season. Needless to say our holiday experiences were a little different. While we both felt the traditions our families held growing up were imporant, once we were married we had to learn how to blend those holiday traditions. Here are a few ways we discovered to do that.

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5 Ways Marriage Changed How I Celebrate the Holidays

I love giving Christmas presents. I'm just not a huge fan of the receiving part. So of course I love to buy for my husband. I love thinking of the perfect gift. I love the challenge of keeping it a secret from the person I spend most of my time with. I love making the gift special. And I love that I will be spending "our" money on him so I can spend as much as I want. Ok so that part's not really true, but we can pretend, right?

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