November 30, 2014

10 Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Special Someone

I'm a big fan of traditions, especially around this time of the year. Why not get in the holiday spirit a little early and start thinking about creating a new holiday tradition with your special someone.

10 christmas traditions to start with your special someone

Taking the time to create new traditions will bring you closer together and strengthen your relationship. It will also give you plenty of memories to look back on. Here are some favourites:

Christmas sweaters
Ugly Christmas sweater parties are always a fun time. To ensure you don't create a fashion faux pas and show up wearing the same sweater as someone else, make your own! Thrift stores are a great source for red and green sweaters, and craft stores such as Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics have all the supplies needed to make it as tacky as possible.

10 Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Special Someone
P.s. These were homemade. No big deal.
Pick your own Christmas tree
Whether you go to your local grocery store parking lot or a Christmas tree farm, choosing your own Christmas tree as a couple is always special (and better for the environment then an artificial tree).

Christmas ornaments 
Add a new ornament to your tree each year. Choose something that has meaning to the both of you. 

Create your own hot toddy
Hot toddies are good any time of the year, from sitting around a campfire in the summer to warming up after a winter activity. Recipes can vary, and are fun to develop and test as a couple. Check out our go to hot toddy recipe here.

Go skating
Find a local community or park rink and take up a new winter sport. Not only is it fun, skating is great exercise.

10 Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Special Someone
This picture is quite embarrassing, but believe it or not, I did play hockey in my younger years.
Stocking stuffers
Get creative with your stocking stuffers by picking a new theme each year, such as the "date night stocking" filled with everything needed for a night out, or the "memory stocking" filled with sentimental gifts that bring back memories.

Start a new tradition and give each other a new pair or pyjamas on Christmas Eve.  Flannels not your thing? Try a new pair of socks or slippers instead.

Christmas cards
Send Christmas cards to family and friends near and far. Make it more personal with a photograph of the two of you from the past year. There are several websites available like Minted, Shutterfly and even Costco that help you customize Christmas cards at an affordable price. Looking for something more environmentally-friendly? Send e-cards instead.

10 Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Special Someone
Our first Christmas card photo at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska in 2010.
Movie night
Pick your favourite holiday classics and have a movie night. For us, the favourites are "It's a Wonderful Life", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (the original) and "Elf".

Go for a winter walk
With winter comes darkness and cold, but that doesn't mean you have to stay inside and be miserable. Make the best of the winter weather and go for a walk. The cold winter air is surprisingly refreshing.

10 Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Special Someone
Winter walks were a staple when we lived in Alaska

What Christmas traditions do you share with your special someone?



  1. We always give new pajamas on Christmas eve and the new ornaments to represent our past year. Love these ideas I will have to use some of them this year!

  2. Oh I like the themed stocking stuffer idea. For Dan's stocking this year I'm going to fill it with delicious French delicacies like saucisson, a pate of some sort, and some super hot peppers (that's not very French, but he loves them). And winter hikes and walks are where it's at! :)

  3. SO many great ideas! We do the stockings, cards, tree, and sweaters! Our holiday sweaters this year are out favorites!

  4. That Christmas card is a classic. Love it.

  5. We've started the traditon of going to a Christmas concert each year. I love the idea of themed stockings and just may have to steal the idea!

  6. Love these ideas! We already do some but I may have to incorporate others!

  7. Last year we did the pjs thing and it was a lot of fun. I'm going to see if I can convince him again this year. :)

  8. This is a great list! I try to get us something personalized every year, even for Roxy too! So far we have custom stockings, ornaments and melamine plates with our names on them! I love picking out our tree each year too!


I would love to hear from you!

Blog Design Created by pipdig