Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, full of tradition and time spent with your loved ones. This year Christmas is a little different because now you’re a married woman! This makes for an even more exciting holiday season as you are celebrating with your brand new hubby.
As a new family unit, it’s your time to establish your own Christmas traditions. For some traditions you will probably adopt a few from each side of your families. But for others, you can create your own unique traditions, traditions that you will pass down to your future kiddies and grandchildren. So what kind of traditions should you start this year as a newly married couple? Below we have listed 10 newlywed Christmas traditions that you might be interested in adopting!
1. Christmas Card.
Every year your parents’ mantel is covered in holiday greeting cards, received from extended family members and friends across the nation. Ever wonder when you would start sending out your own Christmas card? Now that you’re married it’s time to decide whether you want to carry on this tradition or not. There’s no better time to start sending out a holiday greeting card than your first married Christmas together. As a brand new married couple, it is even appropriate to include one of your favorite wedding pictures on the card!
2. Gingerbread Houses.
A fun activity that can get you and your husband in the Christmas spirit is decorating gingerbread houses. This is an activity that can be carried on for years to come, especially as your family starts to grow and you start having kids. To make this activity even more exciting, make it a competition and compete with your married friends for the best decorated gingerbread house!
3. Secret Santa.
Find a neighbor or friend that’s in need of a little extra love during the holidays, purchase them a gift or make some delicious baked goods, then deliver the goods anonymously on their doorstep the night before Christmas. It’s a fun little adventure that is not only fun for you and your beau to participate in, but it’s also a good way to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
4. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Most children growing up read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” story every Christmas Eve. As a couple without kids you may not find this as a necessary tradition to start your first Christmas together. Instead, maybe you can visit your local children’s hospital and read Christmas stories to those kids. It will help keep your mind focused on what’s most important during the holiday season, plus it could be insightful to see how your spouse interacts with children.
5. Nativity Story.
To keep the real reason for the Christmas season alive, act out or recite the birth of Jesus Christ story on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. As your family grows, you’ll have more people to participate in acting out the the nativity story, so don’t worry that you only have two people to participate this year!
As a way to document every year married together, you can create customized ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree every year. On the ornament you can include a favorite couple’s picture or write down a fun memory that occurred during that calendar year.
7. Christmas Food.
Every person has their favorite foods and treats that they eat only during Christmas time. Figure out with your spouse what Christmas foods you want to integrate into your holiday traditions, and start making those dishes and treats this year! Some of our favorite Christmas foods include: Kris Kringle sugar cookies, eggnog, chocolate covered pretzel sticks, cinnamon rolls, and ham.
8. Christmas Pajamas.
Whether you’re naughty or nice, everyone deserves a new pair of jammies to sleep in on Christmas Eve. Purchase new pajamas for each other and exchange them on the night before Christmas. To keep things exciting, switch up the theme of your pajamas every year.
9. Themed Stockings.
For your first married Christmas together, pick out some festive fabric and make your own stockings to hang on “your chimney with care.” Every year after that fill each other’s stockings with petite goodies following a specific theme. Some examples of different stocking themes can be found here.
10. Oh, Christmas Tree.
This year decide what day you want to put up your holiday decorations, including your Christmas. Most people do it the day after Thanksgiving, but decide with your hubby what you want your tradition to be. Some things to consider together when establishing Christmas tree decorations and traditions:
- Colored or white lights?
- Real or fake tree?
- Traditional or contemporary ornaments?
- Tree topper – star, angel, or bow?
- Tree skirt or not?
We hope you and your new hubby have a very merry first Christmas together!
What traditions do you and your husband plan to start this year? What kind of traditions will you adopt from your families? Share them with us in the comments below!