First Christmas Together: Starting New Traditions

By Leslie Moore

You’ve said “I do,” the wedding gifts are put away and thank you notes are written.

Your new home together is your sanctuary. Now the holidays are approaching – how will you celebrate and start new traditions that will become a part of every holiday together?

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Mail Christmas Cards: There is something special about getting a card in the mail, especially in today’s digital world. Use one of your favorite wedding photos to make cards for your friends and family.

Schedule Couple Time: We know your mother is expecting you for Christmas Eve dinner and your mother-in-law is making her special Christmas dishes for Christmas Day – and your mouth is watering just thinking about those delicious pies – but be sure to schedule time for just the two of you. Maybe take a couple of hours on Christmas morning to eat breakfast and exchange gifts, just the two of you.

Make Your Community a Little Better…Together: Buy gifts for an Angel Tree or help with a food drive or maybe visit an elderly friend or neighbor – they would love to see the two of you and enjoy the cookies you brought as a gift. Sharing your good fortune with others is a tradition that will bring you joy year after year.

Attend a Holiday Event: Our community has so many wonderful holiday events. Find one that you love and attend together. Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles is one we love.

Host a Small Party for Friends: This may sound daunting, but invite a few good friends to enjoy an evening of holiday cheer. Choose a fun game to play – we love board games – and ask everyone to bring a snack and beverage to share. Holiday revelry for all!

Put Up a Christmas Tree: This will be something you do every year, so make it fun! And, now is the time to be thinking about purchasing your own special ornaments. No matter what kind of tree you choose, shopping for ornaments is a great tradition to start. This year, you may need to buy more, but every year the two of you can choose one special ornament to mark the occasion.

One of our favorite places to shop for all things Christmas is the Dicken’s Christmas Show and Festivals,, held this year on November 14-17 in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Victorian Holiday Marketplace is a great place to find unique ornaments and holiday decorations, plus the Festival of Trees may give you ideas for your own tree!

Enjoy making the holiday your own…together!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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One Response to “First Christmas Together: Starting New Traditions”

  1. Rose Ann says:

    Good advice…especially putting up a Christmas tree. Even if it’s tiny it injects a special feeling into your home. That first ornament holds a special placemark forever!

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