Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Dating

A couple weeks ago, I guest posted over at One Artsy Mama in her series called Our Home for the Holidays.  If you have not been reading about all of these fantastic traditions, you've just got to get yourself over there ASAP!

Phil and I have a tradition that I’m not even sure how it got started, but we know it’s something we want to continue with for years to come.   We all know how incredible hectic the holidays can be. Yes, there are a lot of fun parties, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in a to do list and put the things that matter most on the side.  I wanted to share with you how the Mr and I date during the Christmas season in case you missed my guest post.

Before we schedule anything else in December, we schedule "Our Date".  For the past couple years, "Our Date" has been over the Thanksgiving holiday, and been a great way to kick-off the Christmas season.  To start "Our Date" we always go to a special restaurant for dinner.  It’s nice to take our time and not rush through dinner to make sure we get to the next agenda item as is so frequent with the holidays.  After dinner we go to the downtown Macy’s just because it reminds us of home and feels the most Christmasy.  We walk….no we stroll,  through the store looking at potential gifts, listening to the Christmas music, talking, holding hands, smiling, and laughing.  Stress is not invited to "Our Date"

The most *fun* part of the evening is picking out our special Christmas ornament.  We walk through the aisles and aisles of Christmas decorations and carefully narrow down the most perfect ornament for that year.  We try to get an ornament with a date on it, but if not I just write the date on it when we get home. 
Here are some of our ornaments from previous ears: 

"Our Date" really is SO simple; it’s not costly or extravagant.  And, we don’t need to it be.  This date has become our favorite Christmas tradition over the past few years because we love taking some time out for ourselves to laugh and just be with each other.  I hope you and your sweetie get the same opportunity this Christmas season. 
xoxo Darby


Mrs. Robinson said...

This is so precious. :)

I'm going to check out "One Artsy Mama" now.

Our plan was to do something similar. We are def. going to be getting one new ornament each year. It's such a sweet tradition. This year, time and money escaped us so we ended up making ornaments together out of salt dough and had the very best time! :)

Enjoyed your post!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I read this post and I loved the idea of taking time off just to celebrate the two of you!

Lindsay said...

What a very wonderful tradition! Maybe I should start this as well. :) Thanks for sharing!

Irish Italian Blessings said...

I Loooooove this tradition! I wish Our Date came with a babysitter :) Love the ornaments too, the Santa was my fav :)

Kellyn Fleming said...

Can I have a New Year's date!? haha I think this is a great tradition.

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