This really is the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone seems to have been touched with tidings of cheer and a true appreciation for their assorted blessings. It is also a time when old traditions are continued on and new traditions are founded- especially for those newlyweds. Holiday traditions are what make this time of year so special. If this is you’re first Christmas as husband and wife, congratulations! Now that you’re married you might find yourself in some new and unique situations. For example, who’s house will you be going to this year? Do you continue certain traditions especially if they clash with your spouses (like opening gifts on Christmas Eve)? There’s a lot of compromise and understanding the first year of marriage but there is also an opportunity to create something new and just yours, and creating holiday traditions as newlyweds can be truly special.
I will never forget the first Christmas Josh and I were married; we had to spend it by ourselves because he couldn’t get time off from work to travel. This was the first time in my whole entire life that I was not able to celebrate the holidays with my family. You can just imagine how heartbroken and upset I was. However, looking back, it was probably one of the best Christmases I’ve ever had. That year the hubby and I created a few of our own family traditions which included making prime rib, holiday cookies and watching It’s A Wonderful Life Christmas day. But as much as I love prime rib, decorating the Christmas tree is my all time favorite Christmas activity.
Over the years, each and every time we travel to a new city, we pick up an ornament for the tree. So, when Christmas comes and the tree is setup, we get the ornaments from the attic and take them out one by one letting the memories and adventures flood our minds. Each ornament has a story to tell. We laugh at the time we took our two dogs on a horse drawn carriage ride in Charleston, it was a disaster to say the least. And as I hold up the miniature coffee cart, we debated on our favorite Costa Rican activity; we joke about the crazy swap meet in Calexico- where our ornament was a bargain but in need of a major repair. This holiday we have five rich years of history hanging from each branch of our Christmas tree and I can see just how lucky and blessed we have been with good fortune and safe travels. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with new traditions and love!
Have you created any new holiday traditions since being married? If so, what are they?