Posted by Sharon Auld
The holiday season is a wonderful, glorious, hectic time! With attending parties and events, last minute shopping, wrapping gifts, decorating, family commitments and more, finding ‘together’ time can be challenging. While it’s not always easy, one way you can make the holidays a little more memorable, is by taking time together to start your own Christmas Eve traditions.
Naturally Chic, together with Tara Whittaker Photography, teamed up to share ideas that you can do together on Christmas Eve or throughout the holiday season! Whether this is your first Christmas together, or the first year you’ll be spending Christmas Eve alone, or even if you’re just dreaming of a more meaningful holiday experience, we hope you’ll be inspired by this three part Christmas Eve Traditions for Couples series! Our hope is that you’ll take time to reflect upon the season and spend quality time together!
Christmas Eve Traditions – Part 1
We’ve asked our very first guest blogger, photographer Tara Whittaker, to walk us through a few ideas for incorporating Christmas Eve traditions into your holiday! Here’s what she had to say:
“One of the best parts of being newly married or engaged during the Christmas season is the opportunity to create new traditions with your one and only. As a wedding photographer, it’s fun to see couples begin their new life together. It’s lovely to see them form a new identity with traditions and customs that they can continue throughout the years. Here are some festive suggestions (with a Calgary twist) for couples that are guaranteed to get them in the holiday spirit.”
1. Raise your Glass
Kick off your evening with a holiday cocktail at the perfect après work destination. The casual, yet chic Bar C Restaurant and Lounge on 17th Avenue, tops our list as the perfect spot to toast the holidays and sample the share plates. The Burnt Old Fashioned, complete with a toasted orange slice, is a personal favorite beverage. Cheers!
2.Table for Two
Enjoy an intimate dinner with the one you love. The Lake House is a spectacular setting at any time of year, but they’ve “decked the halls” for Christmas and upped the romance factor. We recommend a dinner for two near the crackling fire in the grand fireplace, while dining on a delicious dinner of Pan Seared Black Cod or Grilled Alberta Beef Tenderloin, to name a few of their specialties. Complete your dining experience with a holiday favorite, Sticky Date Pudding topped with honey ginger ice cream.
3. Gift Wrapped
If you love watching your loved ones open their gifts as much as you love receiving them, why wait until Christmas morning? Give your loved one a small, yet sentimental gift on Christmas Eve and see their face light up. Sometimes the best gifts don’t cost a thing, but are thoughtful and handmade. Consider a custom playlist filled with holiday tunes you both enjoy. Finish your evening on a high note!”
Shoot Concept Idea and Design: Naturally Chic; Photographer: Tara Whittaker Photography; Designer + Stylist: Naturally Chic teamed up with CRMR and their properties The Lake House, and Bar C Restaurant and Lounge, along with Adorn Boutique (ladies fashion) and Ed Williams Menswear (gentleman’s fashion) for this inspirational shoot. With Flower Arrangement provided by: Flowers by Janie; Hair and Makeup Artist: Brooke from Diva Salon Spa , Wood slice: Naturally Chic, Models: Shannon & Tyler, and a special thank you to Pamela Bigg and Lauren Webb from CRMR!