How To Navigate The Holidays As a Couple

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and there is nothing better than enjoying the holidays as a couple with someone you love. The holiday season can put a bit of unwanted stress on a relationship though, and it’s important to work together to navigate this busy time of family parties, work events and merging traditions.

Here are 4 tips on navigating the holidays as a couple.

1. Compromise. There is a lot going on during this time of year. Before the madness starts, sit down with your partner and work out a plan of attack together. Let them know what things or traditions during the Holiday season are important to you. For example, if your family celebrates on a certain day or any special traditions you’ve established that you don’t want to miss. Listen while they explain their holiday priorities and work towards finding common ground. It can be hectic trying to accommodate both of you, but worth it so that both people in the relationship feel like their needs are being met.

2. Be open. The holidays are seeped in tradition. It’s normal to want to do things the way your parents and grandparents…you know, the way you’ve been doing them forever! But when you become part of a couple, you will find yourself taking on new traditions or doing things differently. It’s up to you and your partner to pick and choose which aspects from your past that you want to bring into your new relationship. No, things won’t always be like they used to be, but that is the beauty of a relationship and being exposed to new and different things. Instead of fighting it or thinking it’s “wrong”, embrace the differences and use this as an opportunity to get to know your partner even better!

3. Take time for yourself. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, the holiday season can feel like a whirlwind and it’s important to reserve some time for yourself to catch your breath! You might feel obligated to say yes to every event, family party, friends gathering or shopping date, but it’s just as important to take time for yourself and your partner. It’s ok to say no to a party invitation so that you can rent a movie, cuddle on the couch and just be together. If you maintain the focus on your relationship and don’t get too swept up in the craziness of the season, your relationship will only get stronger, not weaker.

4. Establish new traditions. Hopefully this is the first of many holiday seasons you will share with your partner. Take this opportunity to establish some new traditions as a couple, even if they are small. Perhaps you order in a pizza on Christmas eve, go ice skating or send your boyfriend on a scavenger hunt to find his gifts. Traditions are inherently personal, and the only thing that matters is that they’re special to the both of you. Have fun with it and look forward to next year, and the years to come as your traditions only get more and more meaningful and special.

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