by Sharon Auld
What better way to make your holidays more meaningful than to spend it with each other? If you’ve been following along, you know we’ve been sharing ideas for starting your very own Christmas Eve Traditions. Whether you’re newly engaged, newlywed, or been married for years, we hope you’ll find inspiration in our ideas below, along with Part 1 and Part 2 of our Christmas Eve Traditions for Couples series.
Tara Whittaker Photography and Naturally Chic teamed up to take you on a mountain escape. What better place to spend some romantic alone time focusing on each other, than in the quaint mountain town of Banff? It’s especially beautiful in the winter with snow capped peaks, breathtaking scenery and welcoming mountain lodges. Cozy up with your special someone and meet them under the mistletoe this Christmas!
8. Dinner for Two at a Cozy Mountain Lodge
Glistening under a blanket of snow, at no other time do the mountains outside sparkle so brightly than in winter. Inside is no exception. Decked out in shimmering lights, shiny balls, candlelight and roaring fireplaces, a mountain lodge is the perfect place to rekindle a little romance.
At Christmastime, many places offer up traditional holiday fare. There’s no worry you’ll miss out on any of the festivities while you’re away. Skip the holiday preparation and fuss, and have dinner served up for two. All you have to do is sit back, enjoy and toast the season together!
9. Romance in the Mountains
Celebrate Christmas in the Rockies and escape the holiday bustle with a romantic getaway. Perhaps get out on the slopes and enjoy the snow and fresh air! Then, cuddle up under a warm duvet, listen to a crackling fire and soak in the relaxed ambience. Together time has never been so inviting!
10. Watch a Holiday Movie together
After dinner, snuggle up and watch a holiday movie together. Whether it’s a classic such as ‘It’s Wonderful Life‘, a comedy like ‘Elf‘, a romantic comedy like Love Actually, or maybe even the action thriller ‘Die Hard‘, every couple has a favourite to watch year after year!
Here’s two, filmed in Canada, holiday movies with a local connection that you may not have seen. ‘Holiday in Handcuffs‘ is a romantic comedy filmed in the foothills of Calgary and area. ‘Christmas Lodge‘ stars Erin Karpluk, former resident of Jasper, Alberta.
11. Love Letters Wine Box + Mistletoe
This is one of the most romantic holiday traditions to start! It’s pretty simple, you write a note to your partner telling them how special they are and what they’ve meant to you throughout the year. You then share the letters and read them on Christmas Eve.
A fun twist, is to seal your love letters in a wood box with a bottle of wine. Then, you take the letters out and read them on the following Christmas over a bottle of bubbly. It’s a great way to reminisce the year that was and to express your heartfelt appreciation for one another!
12. Exchange a Holiday Stocking
This is a fun one and doesn’t have to be expensive! As a child, you probably received a stocking chalk full of tiny treasures and treats from Santa. Re-live the magic and fill a holiday stocking for each other. Have fun opening together and enjoying the spoils.
Our couples’ stockings were loaded with goodies from some of their favorite local shops.
A few Other Ideas for Christmas Eve Traditions
13. Enjoy the Holiday Lights. Take a stroll or drive and check out your favourite holiday light displays together. In Calgary, Zoo Lights is a spectacular, magical display! It’s a tradition you’ll treasure year after year, maybe with your own family.
14. Attend a special holiday presentation such as The Nutcracker. In both Calgary and Edmonton, the Alberta Ballet performs a yearly presentation of The Nutcracker and is not to be missed!
15. Take a Holiday selfie and make it into an ornament. Hang it on the tree to commemorate your Christmases together.
I love the idea of repurposing an old clipboard to make a photo holder via Organized Clutter.
So, tell us, what are your favorite holiday traditions to do as a couple? We’d love to hear from you?
Mrs tee custom design by Adorn Boutique.
Razor & Shaving mug Kent of Inglewood.
Macarons by Yann Haute Pattisserie.
Mini Champagne: Kensington Wine Market.
Carry-on Cocktail Kit by W&P Design, available at The Uncommons.
Wool Socks, Peppermint Patties, Maple Mint Tin, Maple Syrup: Roots.