Christmas truly is the best time of year. No other season has so many wonderful meanings and traditions. When you are married or in a long-term relationship, sharing old Christmas traditions together (and creating new ones) makes the holiday season even more special! Here are some Christmas traditions for couples you can try together, making this year (and future years) extra meaningful and memorable.
Whether you are newlyweds searching for your ‘first married Christmas traditions’ or you’ve been together for many years, it’s never too late to create more magical holiday traditions.
🎄 25 Beautiful Couples Christmas Traditions to Add to Your Holiday Celebration 🎄
1. Plan some special Christmas dates
It’s Christmas. You’re a couple. Get out there and have some romantic holiday date night experiences! We have a list of 32 cozy Christmas dates ready for you right here. Also check out our winter date list for even more ideas.
2. Light the Advent Wreath
An Advent Wreath can be a special way to welcome the season of Christmas. In the Christian calendar, Advent is the first season of the church year, leading up to and including the four preceding Sundays before Christmas.
Advent is a time of expectant waiting for the birth of Jesus, symbolized by the lighting of one candle on the Advent wreath each week.
The Advent wreath is a horizontal evergreen wreath which symbolizes the four weeks of Advent with 4 purple candles, with a white candle in the center, which is lit when Christmas has arrived.
During the Christmas season, there are ample opportunities to create or continue traditions together. Some ideas include sharing Christmas chores and decorating together.
Everything is more fun when it is shared, especially tasks like writing Christmas lists, shopping, putting up lights and writing Christmas cards.
4. Get a new ornament for each year of your marriage
Here’s one of the best Christmas traditions for married couples (and definitely one of the top Christmas traditions for newlyweds to start together). Each year, pick out a new ornament together to add to your tree. In a few decades, you’ll have an incredibly sentimental Christmas tree—not to mention an awesome story of marriage success.
5. Bring home the Christmas tree (or put it together!)
Finding and bringing home a Christmas tree is a Christmas tradition couples and families can enjoy.
You don’t have to drive into the woods and chop a tree down with an axe (although that is one way to do it, especially in New England) but simply choosing the perfect tree from the Christmas tree lot is also a great deal of fun.
6. Plan an annual romantic Christmas getaway
For couples, a Christmasy and romantic idea is to create at least one date night together during the holiday season. Buy tickets for a show, have a great dinner out, go ice skating or sledding, anything fun that you both enjoy together.
If your budget allows it, make the date last a night or two with a quick getaway. Perfection: spend a romantic weekend in a snowy bed and breakfast inn!
7. Take a fun, relaxed shopping trip
Shopping together is one of our favorite sweet Christmas traditions, especially when we set aside time to have our holiday shopping be laid back, unhurried, and actually fun. Take care of this Christmas tradition a few weeks before Christmas itself if you want to avoid crowds. It’s also much less stressful if you’re only in search of a couple of gifts, such as toys for nieces and nephews, silly gifts for siblings, or perhaps small items for your stockings.
8. Make an occasion of trimming the tree
Trimming the tree together, whether the day after Thanksgiving or on Christmas Eve, can be a special tradition between partners. When I was growing up, my parents had a tradition of trimming the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, after the children had been tucked into bed with visions of sugarplums.
My parents would quietly string the lights (accompanied by glasses of wine I am guessing!) and place the ornaments, filling the stockings with care and assisting Santa with the presents. When we woke on Christmas morning, we were stunned to see a beautiful, sparkling tree with presents underneath.
9. Do lots of cooking, baking, and sampling
A fun tradition for many couples is to spend time cooking together. To make it even more special, bring family recipes to share or create new ones together. A special meal or dessert that grandma used to make can bring the generations closer.
You can also make cookies, fudge, or the dreaded fruitcake! to share with neighbors and friends, or invite some relatives over for a wine or cake tasting holiday party.
10. Hang the Christmas Stockings
Another Christmas tradition in our family was hanging Christmas stockings on the mantle. The stockings started from left to right according to the age of the family member.
It is fun for couples to hang (and fill!) Christmas stockings for each other, filling them with special tiny treats, making Christmas morning fun and special!
11. Attend Christmas Eve mass or church services
Going to church on Christmas Eve is another wonderful Christmas tradition for couples and families. Many churches have a midnight candlelight service. You may already have a church you attend together, and if not, Christmas Eve would be a perfect time to find a church together that you both like.
12. Exchange a gift or two on Christmas Eve
While many choose to wait ’til Christmas morning to open all their gifts, one of the sweetest Christmas Eve traditions for couples is to exchange a gift on Christmas Eve.
Particularly for couples with children, this can be a nice opportunity to quietly give your partner a gift while the kids are securely tucked away in bed. You could even wait until midnight to add that extra little bit of Christmas magic and romance. Creating Christmas eve traditions for adults? Now that’s adulting.
13. Volunteer together
Giving back during the holiday season can become a meaningful Christmas tradition that a couple can share together. Choose a charity of your mutual choice, and commit some time to helping others in need.
Giving of your time is a wonderful way to serve others during the holidays. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter or assist at a charity event. Why not dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit a children’s hospital?
If you’re short on time, you can still do something worthwhile. Fill a shoebox for children, donate money to a favorite charity, or write Christmas cards to send those serving in the armed forces.
You can also do something more personal for a family in your area. Maybe a busy single parent could use a babysitter for an evening?
No matter what you choose to do, spending this worthwhile time together is sure to create special holiday memories, as well as begin a new tradition together.
14. Create a unique new tradition
Want to change up some traditions? Couples all bring their own childhood traditions, but it’s also fun to create new ones.
Did you grow up having a special Christmas dinner? For a change, try making a great Christmas breakfast together.
Make all the days leading up to Christmas special by singing or playing Christmas music together while cooking or driving in the car. Leave gifts under the tree throughout the month to increase the anticipation and fun.
15. Go caroling
Participate in a local carol stroll in your town, or if one isn’t available, gather some friends and create your own wandering singing group. If you’re not quite confident enough in your singing skills to do that, relax at home and enjoy your favorite carols together….where only your partner can hear them.
16. Fill each other’s stockings
One of the simplest Christmas gift traditions for couples is to fill one another’s stocking for Christmas morning. We absolutely love doing this! It’s easy to forget about stocking gifts when you’re not a kid anymore, but stockings were always the highlight of my Christmas. Reliving the magic with my husband Nathan is one of my favorite things to do at the holidays.
To make it extra fun, wrap each small gift individually; it increases the anticipation.
17. Have a Christmas movie marathon
This is such an easy tradition! Especially if you’ve got Netflix, Hulu, and, most Christmassy of all, the Hallmark Channel. Surround yourselves with blankets and chill the day away viewing Christmas films old and new. Here are some suggestions here: The Best Christmas Movies of All Time.
18. Host a Friendsgiving with other couples
Surely you’ve heard of Friendsgiving? It’s the friendship answer to Thanksgiving; a gathering of close pals enjoying a sumptuous feast together. This is a great and fun Christmas tradition for adults as a Friendsgiving is usually more laidback and relaxed than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Plan your Friendsgiving at any time of the holiday season.
If you have kids, Christmas is extra magical. One of my favorite Christmas Eve ideas for couples is what takes place on Christmas night, as the Santa parents sneak all the presents under the tree and eat up Santa’s cookies (being sure to leave a few tell-tale crumbs). I always used to get special notes from Santa on Christmas morning too, penned in his fancy, swoopy handwriting. Needless to say, I think our future children will receive similar notes each year.
20. Write each other a Christmas love letter
How is this for romantic Christmas traditions? Write your spouse a love letter! What could be sweeter than written words of love, adoration, and appreciation? And there’s no better time than Christmas and year’s end to pen such a note.
21. Go attend the ballet, and see The Nutcracker
Have the two of you ever seen this classic ballet production? It’s a wonderful show. Catch a performance of The Nutcracker, whether given by your local ballet school or a professional dance company.
22. Build a Gingerbread house
A gingerbread house combines a delicious treat with a fun construction project. Your husband might be really into this tradition! You can start simple with a basic gingerbread house kit, or get more complicated: build a gingerbread train or village or try to replicate your own home in gingerbread form!
23. Kiss under the mistletoe
One of the most classic and romantic traditions for couples is to kiss under the holly jolly mistletoe. You can put some up in your house to remind you to be affectionate all season long.
24. Enjoy a delightful Christmas morning breakfast
Whether or not you have kids, this can be a fabulous addition to your list of Christmas day traditions for couples: Christmas breakfast! Take time to savor this holiday morning, eating a piping hot and delicious breakfast. Ideally, you can eat a casserole or some other premade item that simply needs to pop in the oven or microwave come Christmas morning.
After breakfast, it’s time to open presents!
25. Treasure your alone time
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, shopping and parties, find some time to be alone together to relax, share a special meal, and maybe some champagne or hot chocolate?
Snuggle in front of the fire, read a good book, watch holiday movies together…the possibilities for creating your own Christmas traditions for couples are endless.
Whatever ways you celebrate, be sure to savor the season! It flies by before you know it!
And don’t forget to spend some time making New Year’s resolutions together!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours! What your favorite Christmas tradition?
Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy is happily married to her husband Nathan, and when not working on their sites, Amy & Nathan can be found cuddling, reading, and enjoying delicious lattes.