It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While Christmas has its share of stresses, it also is a very romantic season. Whether it’s listening to the fun Christmas music, cuddling up to your partner on a cold night, or kissing under the mistletoe, December is a special time of year.
Many couples in relationships (or even those just dating) want to make the most of holiday romance, but aren’t sure how. Below are some great Christmas relationship goals that you and your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife can try out to make the holidays more romantic, fun, and passionate than ever!
Couples Christmas Sweater
I love Christmas sweaters. You’ll see me wearing one pretty much everyday in December. Christmastime is one of the few times of the year when you are not only allowed to wear ugly clothing with funny content, but it’s actually encouraged!
And, if you’re in a relationship and have a fun side to you, getting couples Christmas sweaters is a great, romantic activity to do with your partner. Wearing them is even better!
While there are sweaters marketed as “couples sweaters,” you don’t have to purchase those. It’s actually more fun to find sweaters that you can match based on your personalities. Even if your sweaters aren’t similarly themed, if you both have them, you can go out together and have a blast.
The key here is to have fun and exercise your creative side. Planning what you’re going to buy and then wearing the sweaters can be a very enjoyable couples activity. Just make sure you both are on board and plan together. Also, it doesn’t have to even be a sweater. Many places sell Christmas shirts and sweatshirts that are just as unique.
If you enjoy being active and getting out (or in) in the cold, then ice skating is a great Christmas relationship goal. Many cities have outdoor skating during winter, but, even in the warmer climates, you can find indoor venues that have public skating time.
Bundle up, hold hands, and enjoy a good skate! Just make sure that you practice a little bit first. You don’t want your next Christmas date to be at urgent care. Follow up a nice, cold skating session with hot chocolate or a dinner for maximum romantic impact.
The holidays can be extremely stressful. After all, you have to buy presents, attend a bunch of events with people you might not even like (e.g. family and co-workers), and juggle family commitments. And, if you work in a Christmas related job (like retail), you’re probably ready to pull your hair out by December 25th!
This Christmas, don’t let yourself be driven to insanity by stress. Instead, control the stress with a nice couples massage. You and your partner can book the time and let someone else do the work while you de-stress together.
If you can’t afford a couples massage, give yourselves one. Put on some fragrant holiday candles, grab some lotion, and give each other a full body massage. You never know where this massage could lead. Here are some good tips to give each other a massage at home.
Looking At Lights Together
One of the best parts of Christmas is all the shiny, cool lights. Some of my greatest Christmas memories as a child involve looking at lights. And, looking at light displays with someone you love is not only fun, but also romantic.
There are usually two options for holiday lights. The first type is commercial light displays. These are typically put up by businesses or other entities. They often charge a few dollars to see the lights, but you get the benefit of elaborate, involved displays. The second option is to simply drive around neighborhoods looking for personal displays.
Which option you choose depends on your preferences. If you’re in the mood for a long evening, visit a bigger display. However, there’s also something romantic about getting in the car, putting the Christmas station on the radio (or your playlist), and driving around seeing local lights. You can Google light displays in your own neighborhood.
Romantic Advent Calendar
If you’re not familiar with it, Advent is the period leading up to Christmas in the Christian faith. One tradition is to make calendars that count down to Christmas. Usually they involve opening doors on some type of box. Inside the door there will be an item, whether it’s a poem, toy, or chocolate.
One interesting variation on this tradition is to create an Advent calendar where the treat is something romantic or even naughty. You can come up with ideas as a couple, then, each day follow through on each activity. Some romantic examples are “cuddle and watch a Christmas movie together” and “go for a winter walk in the park.” I’ll let you come up with the naughty examples yourself.
If you want it to be more of a surprise, each of you come up with half of the ideas and mix them up. You can either buy a wooden advent calendar box or just do it more informally. You can even make your own. The key is to find fun, romantic activities to do daily.
In 2017, Advent starts on December 3rd and ends on Christmas Eve.
Do Charity Together
The holidays aren’t all festivity, romance, and fun. For many people, Christmas is a time where their problems are magnified. It might be a homeless person who needs a meal or a senior citizen who is lonely.
One of the best Christmas relationship goals you can have as a couple is to give back in some way. Go out and volunteer at your favorite charity. Whether it’s feeding the homeless at a church, volunteering at the local animal shelter, or caroling at the nursing home, helping others as a couple can strengthen your relationship, make you feel better, and make a difference in your community.
Romantic Holiday Getaway
This might be the most lofty of all the goals, but it also could be the most romantic and exciting. If you can get away during the month of December on a holiday adventure, it will be a moment you’ll never forget!
A few great Christmas getaways are going to the mountains, skiing, visiting a holiday themed destination, and renting a cabin. However, anything that makes you happy will suffice.
Don’t just think big. Even an overnight trip or a couple of days together can be very romantic and meaningful. The key is to get away from everything and focus on each other as a couple. Don’t overthink it. Do what you can!
These relationship goals should get you started on having a happy, romantic Christmas. Don’t just make them goals, however. Follow through so that they become fun, cherished memories.