You've finally taken the plunge and are in a healthy, happy and committed relationship 💑. With the holidays 🎄 coming up, you're excited about spending time together 👫 but are stuck trying to finalize plans. One of your favorite parts about the holiday 🎇 season is getting to be a part of your partner's family traditions, whether it's baking delicious snickerdoodles 😋 with grandma 👵 or trimming the tree 🎄 with the kids. But even though you love his family, you've been itching to do something a little different this year. What better way to celebrate 🎉 your newfound happiness than by starting your own holiday traditions 🎇?
1 'Tis the Season for a Winter 🎿 Cleaning
Don't wait for spring 🍃 to revamp your place. There are two benefits to doing this. First, decluttering your house 🏡 (even if it's just one room) will help you relax and feel less stressed 😓 about pending holiday plans 🎅. It'll also give you an excuse to spend some much needed time together.
2 Send out a Holiday Card 🎅 to Family and Friends
The goofier, the better! Photo shoots are always fun when you try to get the other person to laugh. Bonus points if you can incorporate your pet 🐈 in there somehow.
3 Ugly Christmas Sweater ⛄ Party for Two? Yes, Please!
They're ridiculously cheesy and corny, which makes them *even better*. Whether you rock matching ones or try to outdo each other, you can't go wrong with an ugly Christmas sweater ⛄ party. Kill two birds with one stone by wearing the sweaters to your holiday card photo shoot.
4 Invest in a Quirky Tabletop Tree 🎄
Hear us out on this one. You're still settling into your new place and figuring out what goes where, which means that finding space for a huge tree 🎄 will be a lot harder than it looks. Decorating a small tree 🎄 together is a lot more fun. Which brings us to the next one...
5 Customize Your Ornaments
You can create a time capsule ⌛ ornament of your favorite memories from the past year. and start a yearly tradition. Or you can paint 🎨 milestone dates onto the back of an ornament you've chosen together.
6 This Season, Give the Gift of Love and Charity 💖
One of the things that you're most grateful for this year is having a family who loves ❤️ and supports you. Why not donate your time to those who aren't as lucky? Volunteer at a soup 🍵 kitchen, donate to an after-school program in need. Get out there and make a difference.
7 Cover Your House 🏡 in Holiday 🎅 Swag
Don't be afraid 😨 to go all out! The holidays 🎄 only come once a year; deck your house 🏡 in shades of blue, red or green. You can even turn it into a competition to see who decorates the most amount of rooms in record time. Get festive!
8 Settle in with Some Hot Cocoa ☕ and Netflix 🎬
Let's be real. You don't need the holidays as an excuse to binge-watch your favorite Netflix shows and movies.
9 Invest in a DIY Advent Calendar 📆 Kit
There's nothing better than waking up to a sweet surprise 🎁 everyday. You can find really cute printable templates online.
10 Wake Your Love 💏 up with Breakfast 🍳 in Bed
Nothing says "I love you" like a warm meal that was made with love ❤️.