When that time of the year rolls around, all you want to do is bake, decorate, and get into the Christmas cheer. It’s a time to spend with your loved ones, enjoying the great company around you. If you have entered a relationship this year, you will have your first Christmas together. This is most certainly an exciting moment.
If you have found Mr. or Mrs. Right, then you will have many more Christmas seasons to come. However, the first Christmas is always special. Now, special does not mean expensive. To make Christmas special doesn’t mean that you need to buy lavish gifts. It’s about the time you spend together, and the memories you make.
Tips to Make Your First Christmas One to Remember
Holiday cheer is easy when you have loved ones around, especially that someone special. Everything will be new, so that means that new traditions can be started. You can share your family traditions with one another, while creating new ones together.
Go Get Your Tree
Yes, artificial trees last a lifetime, but there’s something so magical about a real tree. It not only smells amazing, but it looks better too. Depending on your location, you more than likely have a tree farm around. Go trekking through the snow, taking pictures of your tree hunting expedition.
Take your love by the hand and go exploring for that perfect tree. Perhaps you only have a small apartment, so find that cute addition to your space. To be honest, it’s not about the tree itself, it’s about the experience and the memories you’ll make.
Exchange Your First Ornaments
Speaking of trees, you’ll need some ornaments. You probably have a box stashed away under your stairs, but there’s nothing quite like a sentimental piece for the tree. Swap ornaments that you picked out for one another.
Hint: Don’t just pick out a green ball because you know that they like green. Make it special! If you do not have a lot of extra money, make one. There’s a ton of homemade ornament ideas that will make your first Christmas together ornament a special one. This will allow you to make it even more personable.
Many people stress out over the perfect gift. Stressing out over Christmas is the LAST thing you should be doing. Like I said, it’s not about the gifts. If your partner is upset that you can’t get them something expensive this year, then maybe that’s a sign you should take notice of.
You should simply be ecstatic that you get to share the holidays with someone you care about. If you stress, you miss the simple things. There’s so many enjoyable moments around the holidays, so don’t let stress interfere with those memorable events.
Make a Dinner
I know that the Christmas week has you wearing sweatpants, but try and squeeze in one more small holiday meal. If you’re doing family dinners on the 24th, 25th, or even the 26th, choose a night when it’s just the two of you.
Your Christmas dinner does not need to be directly on Christmas day. There’s all kinds of ham and turkey going around during the holidays, so think of something creative. Make your own special dinner together. Don’t be afraid to make some spiced apple ciders; spiking them with some holiday ‘cheer’ wouldn’t hurt either.
Some of my favourite moments with my husband is when we’re cooking together. For many couples, it’s something new. If you’re not very skilled in the kitchen, don’t worry about it. Have fun, that’s what it’s all about.
The most important tip to remember is being appreciative. Christmas is such a great time of the year. Everyone has a little extra pep in their step and there’s so many things to be happy about. This year, you have a new addition to your life. This is something to be celebrated. Spoil each other with love and laughter. Make it a Christmas that you’ll reflect on the following year, as you will re-create your new traditions.