Classic Christmas Traditions for Couples to Start This Year!

Christmas is a great time to form and strengthen family and friendship bonds. It’s a time for everyone to share the seasonal joy with the people in their lives. If you are in a relationship or marriage, it’s also a great time to form some Christmas traditions with your love, and strengthen your relationship in the process.

There are many activities that you can engage in with the special person in your life this Christmas that could help bring you both closer together. Building a life with each other means building common ground, and forming some traditions you both enjoy is often the best way to forge it.

To help you achieve that, here are some activities you might consider making into a Christmas tradition to start this year.

Christmas Traditions for Dating Couples

If you are dating someone you may be serious about, then Christmastime can be a good season to engage in some activities together that may become traditions over the long term. It’s a great time to bond and get to know each other better, and you can also take the opportunity to see how compatible you are. 

Try skiing, ice skating, or snowmobiling

Christmastime is usually associated with winter conditions; ice and snow are a common theme. It’s the time of year when both kids and adults frolic in the snow, make snowmen with carrot noses and have ferocious snowball fights.

It’s also a good time to go skiing, so a skiing holiday with your partner may be a tradition you want to start. You can either challenge yourselves to visit a different ski resort each year or pick a constant place you both like, and spend your time building memories together. Or, if skiing isn’t your thing, perhaps you can hire some snowmobiles and ride together instead.

If you live in a place where snow is nowhere to be found during Christmas, you can still have some icy fun. Many places have an ice skating rink open during the holiday season. You can try out ice skating with your partner, and have fun teaching each other how to skate. A visit to an ice rink could become a regular tradition for you both if your relationship turns serious.

Look at neighborhood Christmas light displays

Some people go to elaborate lengths with their outdoor Christmas decorations. Many lighting displays are works of art that some homeowners put considerable time into so that passersby can enjoy and participate in the Christmas spirit. 

If you are looking to get out of the house for a while and spend some time with your significant other, go for a drive and check out some of the local lighting displays in your community. You can find addresses for many interesting displays listed on the local Facebook pages for your area.

Go to a local Christmas event

It’s Christmastime, so there are likely several exciting events happening locally. From tree-lightings to Christmas parades to caroling concerns in the park, these festive events are fun, and usually inexpensive, date nights for a couple in the Christmas spirit!

This is also a great way for you two to spend more time with friends at Christmas. Double dates

Christmas Traditions for Newlyweds

If you’ve just tied the knot with the love of your life, this would probably be your first Christmas together as a married couple. While Christmas is traditionally a Christian celebration it can be a great time for couples of any religious background or culture to enjoy spending time together and build some traditions to share with each other. 

Rent a remote cabin in the wood

Spend your first Christmas together as a married couple away from the hustle and bustle of city life! Relax for a bit with your new love by spending a few days in a quiet cabin. You can rent a rustic cabin and spend some time enjoying the mountain air, snow, and the wonders of nature with each other. 

You can also make it a family bonding event. Invite both families so everyone can get to know each other. For better or worse, right?

Fill Christmas stockings for each other

Who said Christmas stockings are only for kids? If you don’t already have stockings, make each other a stocking or pick one out at the store and fill them with goodies your wife or hubby will like!

My husband and I do this every year. It’s fun to have a little extra something hiding in there from the person who knows you best! Whether it’s your favorite candy bars, gifts cards to your favorite store, or basics you need and use every day, shopping for stocking stuffers for the wife or husband is a fun and affordable tradition.

Go to a Christmas party or plan one of your own

Christmas parties with family, friends, neighbors, and even coworkers can be a ton of fun to attend during the Christmas season!

And now that you’re a married couple, you can consider hosting your own Christmas party together (here are some sample Christmas prayers to open a Christmas party with)! This is a great way to bring together your families and friends. And since they already met at the wedding, it should be a comfortable atmosphere for everyone!

Make sure you plan plenty of fun Christmas activities to entertain all your guests! If you’re doing a gift exchange, try the Left-Right Christmas Game, Christmas Family Feud is a fun choice for parties that have kids, and these Christmas contest ideas are ideal for competitive families!

Christmas Traditions for Adventurous Couples

If you and your partner like a bit of fun and adventure, Christmas can be a good time to indulge your venturesome side. There are many interesting activities available over the holiday period, as well as many types of daring fun to be had for a courageous couple. 

Go on a backpacking adventure

Every now and then it’s good for everyone to have a little dose of nature in their life. While it may not be practical to spend too much time in the wilderness over the Christmas period due to family commitments, cold weather, etc., you might be able to find a few days where you can spend time backpacking through the woods with your spouse. 

This is a great way to get some time alone, far from urban sprawl and everyday worries. It’s also a good way to put some perspective back into your life and your relationship, as you enjoy the splendors of the natural world.

Rent a sailboat or take a day cruise

If you prefer a more nautical adventure near the sea, a river, or a large lake, renting a sailboat and going on a boating adventure might be a good Christmas tradition to start with your partner. You can explore different areas around your local waterways, find remote parts of the shore to explore, or do some fishing and have some seafood family feast.

If you don’t know how to sail, then a day cruise–with a captain steering the boat–might be more up your alley. You can go on a sightseeing cruise, do some whale-watching or go fishing. You can also just catch some sun and work on your tan, as you sunbathe on the deck with your spouse.

Travel to a place you’ve never been before

Many people use the Christmas break for their annual family vacation. If this is what you are planning to do, then why not also use it to expand your horizons? The world is a huge place and you would probably only manage to visit a tiny percentage of it in your lifetime. 

Perhaps you could use your holiday break to visit some places you barely even know existed, and sample the local customs and community in those regions. This is a great Christmas tradition for couples to discover more of the world and become well-traveled and cultured in the process.

Christmas Traditions for Homebody Couples

For couples who prefer to spend Christmastime at home while enjoying each other’s company, there are many things you can do together. You can have a lot of fun over the holiday season without leaving your house. 

Plan a Christmas movie marathon

If you and your partner like watching movies, then Christmas is a good time to binge on them. You can pick a theme for a movie night and watch several movies back-to-back. 

You can also make a list of movies with sequels, and watch the entire series in one night. Movie marathon nights are great Christmas traditions for couples who like to stay in and enjoy each other’s company while relaxing together.

Decorate your house and yard together

For the crafty couples, you can start a Christmas tradition where you make DIY Christmas decorations for your home. This is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit while having fun with your partner. If you have family or friends over for Christmas, then your homemade decorations could be a great talking point.

And when you and your spouse decide to expand your family, the kids will love this Christmas tradition! Paper snowflakes and streamers hung from the ceiling are a huge hit with our boys!

Make a gingerbread house or Christmas cookies

Another crafty thing you can do with your partner is to make some creative Christmas treats. You can make and decorate a fancy gingerbread house or bake a festive Christmas cake or pudding. You can also try making delicious eggnog and some tasty Christmas cookies to go with it. Fruit mince pies and butter tarts are also great treats for entertaining at Christmastime, and you can have a lot of fun making them.

If you want to be adventurous, then you can do some research on traditional Christmas and holiday dishes from other countries and cultures. This gives you a great reason to learn about people from foreign countries, and try out some of their favorite foods in the process.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Christmas season is a time of joy for most people. It’s a time to celebrate your religious beliefs and enjoy the company of family and friends. For couples, Christmas can be a time to celebrate their relationship and find ways to strengthen it.

There are many ways you can celebrate Christmas as a couple. You can spend time together with your family and friends, and engage in fun activities together. You can spend time being charitable and caring for others, or you can focus and enjoy sharing your lives with each other.

Traditionally, Christmas is celebrated with gift-giving to strengthen bonds and show that we care. Although, it is only one of the ways to strengthen the bonds of a relationship. Sharing each other’s time and attention by engaging in activities together can be the best gift you can give to the person you love.

Creating Christmas traditions during the festive season can help ensure that your relationship stands the test of time. It’s also a great way to build special memories together that you can eventually incorporate into your family.

So, find some fun activities you and your partner can both enjoy, and turn them into traditions that would help bring you closer to each other.

Laura is the force behind Gathered Again, transforming family gatherings into unforgettable memories with expert tips and a heart full of passion. Join her mission to celebrate the magic of family connections, one event at a time.

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