Creating Holiday Traditions as Newlyweds
If this is your first holiday season as a married couple, it’s going to be one to remember. You may have been dating for year before you got married, but this is your first Christmas as husband and wife. Chances are, in the years to come, you may decide not to celebrate the holidays as you have before. You may even decide to host the holidays at your home. Whatever the case may be, you’ll definitely begin setting your own traditions around your new family.
If you’re not sure how you’re going to celebrate, consider a few things:
Do either one of you have family outside of the city or state? If so, decide whether or not you’re going to go visit them, if they’re coming to you, or if you’re going to miss each other this year.
What are your current traditions? You may decide to keep these traditions alive and keep them as they are. You may also decide to tweak them a little bit to be more accommodating.
Make sure you’re on the same page. Sure in a marriage we need to compromise, but make sure your holiday plans are mutually agreed upon.
Decide if you want to start a new tradition. Is there something one of you always wished your family did during the holidays? If so, consider incorporating that into your new family. Maybe you want to decorate ginger bread houses or go to a holiday event every year.
If you have kids or plan to someday, consider what you’d want their holiday traditions to be like. Most children tend to get very excited this time of year. Try to make their holiday memories more about being together as a family rather than the gifts. (The gifts are just a bonus.)
Is this your first holiday season as husband and wife? What tradition (old or new) are you looking forward to?