During the holidays, there’s nothing more special than spending time with the ones we love. For couples, it’s also a great time to start some new holiday traditions. Sometimes you just want to do something fun together or spend time alone on Christmas Eve before visiting everyone else the next day. If that sounds like you, then you’ll love these ideas for Christmas Eve traditions.
15 Christmas Eve Traditions for Couples
We know it’s hard to come up with new traditions on your own, so here are a few that you may want to try.
1. Play in the Snow
If you look outside on Christmas Eve and see the ground covered with snow, that’s a sign you and your partner should go outside and play. Don’t resist the urge to make snow angels and feel free to have a snowball fight. Just try not to hit each other in the face, because that could end badly and ruin your Christmas cheer.
2. Holiday Movie Marathon
There’s no need to fight over which holiday movie to watch when you can enjoy them all. Plan a movie marathon and take turns watching your favorite Christmas flicks. You can even sneak in some of the holiday cartoon specials that you enjoyed as kids.
3. Hot Chocolate Party
Of all the Christmas Eve traditions we know, drinking hot chocolate is near the top of the list. If you both are chocolate lovers, plan on having a cocoa party for two. Make sure you set out two big mugs along with your favorite mix and any toppings you want to put in them.
4. Cooking Together
Show off your culinary skills by cooking a holiday meal together. Since it’s just the two of you, it can be as big or small as you like. If you’re a man who doesn’t cook much and are worried about embarrassing yourself, relax. On the Rugged Standard website, we’ve got you covered with easy holiday recipes that you can make.
Do both of you enjoy serving your community? If so, you may be interested in volunteering together on Christmas Eve. There are endless opportunities for you to help organizations that serve food and pass out presents to the homeless, senior citizens, and other people in need. If you enjoy it as much as we think you will add it to your list of new Christmas Eve traditions to do every year.
6. Gingerbread House
Building a gingerbread house is both a fun and a yummy tradition the two of you will enjoy. Even if you’re not a fan of gingerbread, you can nibble on the candy that comes in the kit. Of course, it’s supposed to be used for decorating, but we won’t tell anyone if you sneak a few to eat.
7. Christmas Cookies
Does a gingerbread house sound like too much work? Then try your hand at other edible art in the form of Christmas cookies. All you need is some cookies, icing, sprinkles, toppings, and a good imagination. You can even compete to see who can make the best cookie portrait of the other person.
8. Ice Skating
Stop sliding around the house in your socks and go ice skating instead. You’ll enjoy moving around to holiday music while holding each other’s hands. Before you know it, this may become one of your favorite Christmas Eve traditions.
9. Random Acts of Kindness
Spread Christmas joy together by blessing someone you don’t know with a random act of kindness. Surprise a stranger with groceries, a gift card, or even some cold hard cash. There’s something special about helping someone without expecting anything in return.
10. Christmas Karaoke
Pull out the karaoke machine, warm up your voice, and get ready to sing a bunch of Christmas tunes. Even if one of you has a horrible voice or doesn’t like to sing, do it anyway. You’ll have loads of fun and hilarious memories that both of you will treasure.
11. Small Gift Exchange
Hardcore gift lovers have a hard time waiting until Christmas morning to open their presents. If one or both of you are like this, opening a small gift the night before can help relieve your pain. Put this at the top of your list of new Christmas Eve traditions.
12. Holiday Stories
As you snuggle up on the couch or sit in bed, take turns reading each other a Christmas story. If that gets boring, you can make up a story of your own featuring the two of you as the main characters. The funnier the story, the better!
13. Ugly Christmas Sweaters
For festive fashion fun, get a pair of ugly sweaters for the two of you to wear on Christmas Eve. If you have pets, you can include them by putting them in bought holiday costumes or an original creation that you make yourself.
14. Matching Pajamas
Some couples enjoy wearing matching pajamas and make this one of their Christmas Eve traditions. If you like this idea, grab yourself a pair and join the fun. Whether you’re into laid-back lounging or want to dress up like your favorite animal, there’s a style of pajamas for both of you.
15. Nighttime Christmas Light Drive
Christmas lights are fun to look at when the sun goes down. Plan on hopping in the car on Christmas Eve to take a tour of the ones near you. Who knows, you may even get inspired to decorate the outside of your own home next year.
Enjoy Your New Christmas Eve Traditions
Now that you’ve read through this list of exciting activities, the only problem you may have is trying to narrow it down. Of course, you can spread the fun out and do a few throughout the holiday season. We promise we won’t tell a soul where you got them from!
If you enjoyed reading about these Christmas Eve traditions, check out more holiday articles on our website. We’d also love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment and let us know which of these traditions you plan to do.