Christmas Eve Traditions for Couples Part 3

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!

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker PhotographyChristmas Eve Traditions for Couples

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!

To put us in the festive mood, Naturally Chic dreamed up a little holiday inspiration and created this rustic, holiday tablescape at Buffalo Mountain Lodge.

Christmas Eve Traditions tablescape design by Naturally Chic with Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

 

Table design + wood menu by Naturally Chic with Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions design by Naturally Chic with Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

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!

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

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.

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

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!

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Wood wine box + love letters by Naturally Chic | Photography by Tara Whittaker Photography

Wood wine box + love letters by Naturally Chic | Photography by Tara Whittaker Photography

Wood wine box + love letters by Naturally Chic | Photography by Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

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.

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Our couples’ stockings were loaded with goodies from some of their favorite local shops.

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Styling of Stocking items by Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

From The Livery Shop and Coutu Kitsch

Christmas Eve Traditions with Naturally Chic + Tara Whittaker Photography

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.

Christmas Eve Traditions | Calgary Zoo Lights | Photo via Peter Haley

Via Arvada Church | Photographer Peter Haley

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!

Alberta Ballet

via MetroNews.ca

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.

via http://www.organizedclutter.net

So, tell us, what are your favorite holiday traditions to do as a couple? We’d love to hear from you?

Credits

Photography + Styling: Tara Whittaker Photography;Design Concept, Tablescape + Styling: Naturally Chic ; Venue: CRMR, Buffalo Mountain Lodge; Ladies Fashion: Adorn Boutique; Hair and Makeup: Mountain Beauties (MUA Nadine and Hair Stylist Suzanne); Wood Signage + boxes: Naturally Chic; Models:  Kari (owner of Adorn Boutique) and Derek Owen. Men’s Pyjamas: Roots.

Tablescape:

Wood menu: Naturally Chic; Wood Chargers: Celebration Creation; Floral Centrepiece: Naturally Chic; Buffalo Plaid Napkins (tea towels): Roots; Table Runner: Roots.

 

Stocking + Stuffers:

Local brands

Happy Camper sweatshirt and mug by Camp Brand Goods, Fiasco Drinking ChocolateFiasco Coconut Marshmallows  available at The Livery Shop.

Luggage tag by Fairgoods , Passport holder by Yor Leather available at The Uncommons.

Mrs tee custom design by Adorn Boutique.

Razor & Shaving mug Kent of Inglewood.

Macarons by  Yann Haute Pattisserie.

Mini Champagne: Kensington Wine Market.

 

Canadian Brands

Bow tie by LVJ Haberdasher, available at Kent of Inglewood.

Carry-on Cocktail Kit by W&P Design, available at The Uncommons.

Wool Socks, Peppermint Patties, Maple Mint Tin, Maple SyrupRoots.

 

Other Brands

ban.do iphone cover and ban.do ear buds  available at Adorn Boutique.

Kate Spade gold and white striped travel mug  available at Adorn Boutique.

Free People socks available at Adorn Boutique.

Kate Spade Notebook available at Indigo.
Faux Fur Stocking available at Indigo.
Stanley Flask available at Restoration Hardware.

 

Thank You: A very special thank you to Lauren, Pam, Kerrie and Bree from CRMR + Buffalo Mountain Lodge, and real life couple, our wonderful models Kari and Derek.