It’s finally Christmas! The most romantic time of the year. You now have an entire holiday to spend as a couple, where everything around you is made in a way that it can give you a romantic setting. But, you, as a couple, may not be ones to celebrate Christmas, or you may have been stuck in a scenario where you have to spend the holidays with your in-laws. Then, my friend, things may be hard, but you need a way to survive Christmas alongside your significant other. You will need not only creative ways to pass the time but also ways to reform your attitude so that you can embrace the amazing time that is Christmas. From the simplest and most genuine thing, that is giving a wish or a Christmas card, to the most delicate of tricks, you are guaranteed to find everything here!
Spending the Christmas Holiday with your Family
If you are spending the holiday just with your significant other, things tend to be better. Your schedule is more flexible because it is reliant on fewer people, and you get to avoid all the boring things that spending the holidays with your family means. On the downside, more planning is required, since you must always be active if you want this one-on-one couple vacation to work. Thus, here are some tips that can help you out:
- Love goes through the stomach: One of the best things about Christmas is the food! So, why not use it to your advantage, and treat yourself and your significant other to some lovely dinner. If you can cook as well it’s a big plus, because the house will always be filled with delicious treats to keep the family full! Don’t be picky as well, there is no need to spoil the mood.
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- But what about the children: Having children as a couple always affects your plans as much as possible. But, there is no need to worry. There are plenty of vacation destinations if you so choose to spend the Christmas away, that are perfectly fit for families. What is important enough for me to stress out though, is that you must, no matter what, find some time to spend with just you and your partner. It’s too good of an opportunity to miss, and it will most certainly affect your relationship in a positive manner if you can find some peace and quiet on a romantic setting just for the two of you.
- Wallet wars: Christmas tends to get really expensive if you don’t put a limit on your spending. So, it goes without saying that you should pre-determine how much you must spend on each kind of holiday or at least state how much money you are taking with you, so you know how much you can afford to spend every day and avoid any unfortunate and embarrassing scenarios.
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- Christmas is not always about you: Spending the holidays with your partner doesn’t mean that it is all about you having a good time. You should try and so as much as possible so that your partner has a good time and that goes both ways. So no worries, if your partner does the same, then you are guaranteed both to have fun on Christmas. What you should be doing, is treating them nicely, that means watching your manners, doing favors for them, maybe even treating them to some presents. But everything you do, make sure to be from your heart. To expand on this, it means that you should personalize the experience so that the other person understands you care for them. Maybe put some more thoughts into your Christmas activities and presents, or maybe some nice Christmas cards will do the trick.
Spending the Christmas holiday with In-Laws, and any Other Means of Extended Family
For some, this is the worst case scenario, for others, it’s just a plain boring obligation. The general idea is that spending Christmas with everyone from your family tree is not the best time you could possibly have, especially when it’s your in-laws, because then above all, you are also uncomfortable if you haven’t lived with them enough. But, all is not lost, because there are plenty of things you can do that will make surviving Christmas with your family much easier.
- Keeping the traditions: Each family has their own way of doing things, especially when it comes to Christmas. So, be certain that spending time with the family of your partner will most necessarily bring you to contact with traditions you haven’t seen before. Now, instead of questioning them and demand that things are done your way, try to play along, and respect the traditions of the family, thus respecting the family itself. This is guaranteed to make things run more smoothly, making them easier.
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- Sharing is caring: If you spend time with the family of your partner, he/she is guaranteed to spend some time away from you, so they can catch up with their family. So, try not to feel jealous when you see your significant other spending the entire day talking to their siblings, or helping their parents out, instead of sitting with you by the fire with some hot chocolate (No matter how perfect that sounds). Instead, you should be making sure that the time spent with the family of your partner is valuable. This way, when you come back from the holidays, you will hear something along the lines of “I had so much fun hadn’t seen them for a while and I was missing them. Thank you”. Now talk about a success story.
- Quality time with the family: I know that spending time with your significant other is of extreme importance if you want this holiday to work, but since you are spending time with the family anyway, why not try to use it properly as well? Getting on the good side of your partner’s family is always a huge advantage for any relationship, and catching up with your family is always nice. So, give them some love, it’s Christmas anyway.