Christmas is likely to be a little strange when you start celebrating it with someone else – partly because you’ll have traditions that you grew up with in your family and so will he.
Rather than try and incorporate them into your Christmas together – and for it to potentially not feel quite right – why not come up with some festive traditions of your own?
Need some inspiration? Here are 5 holiday traditions you could start with your husband:
Winter walk with a hot chocolate
Pick a date in December, it could be the first weekend of the month to get you in the festive spirit, the last weekend before Christmas or even Boxing Day morning and go for a winter walk. You may like to choose the countryside or beach for an annual stroll. Alternatively, you could mix it up each year. Make sure to wrap up warm in coats, hats, gloves and scarfs and get yourself a hot chocolate – it’ll be super cosy and very romantic.
Make each other an advent calendar
Forget chocolate advent calendars this year and purchase a reusable one instead. At the end of November, take each others and fill it. This could be with anything – small bottles of drink, sweets, a love note – it’s entirely up to you. But, it’ll mean you have something to look forward to each day of the month and can take a moment out of your day to sit and open it together.
Visit a Christmas market
There are Christmas markets across the UK and Europe – so make it a tradition to visit a new one together each year. Whether you go to a local one, make a night of it or head away for the weekend, it’ll be the perfect way to get in the mood for the festive season. Book tickets for the ice rink and you can hold hands as you glide across the ice under twinkling lights. At each one, why not also pick up a bauble for your tree (the decorating of which can always be another tradition!) – then they’ll become a memory you can reminisce on each year.
Christmas eve film night
You may have once spent Christmas Eve at the pub. But, now, there’s nothing better than a cosy night in with your husband. So make it a tradition that you buy a takeaway, open a bottle of prosecco, light a few candles, put on your comfiest festive PJs and watch a Christmas film. This could be the same one every year – if you have a favourite or you could take it in turns to choose a new one.
Buy each other an experience
Choosing the perfect gift for your loved one each year can be tricky. So, why not make it a tradition that you buy each other an experience. This could be anything from spa days and afternoon tea to something a little more adventurous like driving a supercar. Whatever you choose, it’ll enable you to spend quality time together rather than a gift that could just be put to the back of the cupboard. Not only that, but it’s also something to look forward to in January when the festivities are over.
So, what Christmas traditions are you going to start with your husband this year?