12 Christmas Eve Traditions for Couples (FREE PRINTABLE)

When all of the chaos of Christmas shopping and wrapping and baking and partying and all the other happy (but exhausting!) goodness that is the pre-Christmas season has finally come to an end, and you’ve reached the long-awaited Christmas Eve, there’s nothing better than settling in with your sweetie & enjoying the hush of the night before Christmas. 🙂

and while spending time with the kiddos & getting their gifts under the tree is important, so is showing your love that they’re your #1! 🙂 don’t forget about them in the rush!

I’ve compiled for you a few sweet ways to soak up the quiet and enjoy one another on this oh-so-special day!
traditions for couples

1.) Christmas jammies (or pajamas or pj’s…)
try on this grown-up version of the classic Christmas pj’s and buy one another somee goodies that are sure to have them ready to celebrate 😉 red & green lingerie for the lady & some Christmas-themed boxers for your man are just the thing and oh-so-fun!

2.) Christmas movie in bed!
pop the popcorn, fix up that cocoa, pull on those Christmas jammies, and grab your favorite Christmas-themed flick. there’s not much more time to enjoy those much-loved movies anyway, so soak it all in on Christmas eve. Cuddling mandatory 😉

3.) Christmas memory ornaments
exchange ornaments that remind you of a favorite memory or special moment from over the past year. include a letter explaining what that time was and why it meant so much to you! ❤ you could even give each year a theme! (funniest memory, most romantic, etc…)

4.) Use the Santa tracker!
check it out here starting December 1st, then pick a country. when Santa “lands” on that country, celebrate Christmas with their culture! If it’s Mexico, make tacos; for Italy, whip up spaghetti!

5.) Christmas Eve box
Throughout December, take turns adding items to a Christmas Eve box: a Christmas movie, wintery snacks, cozy items, Christmas-scented lotion, Starbucks gift card, etc…Then on Christmas Eve, open it up and use whatever is in it to create a day or night of fun! 🙂 you can make this sexy, cozy, romantic, adventurous… whatever is best for the two of YOU!

6.) Christmas time capsule
make a time capsule that best describes the moments from the previous year. next Christmas Eve, you can open it and remember all the fun and special times the two of you shared! 🙂

7.) wrap presents! 
if you’re a procrastinator (ha!) or even if you’re not, this can be SUCH a fun tradition! last year, my husband and I even wrapped one another’s stocking gifts “together” by sitting on either side of our bed! 🙂 wether you’re wrapping one another’s or gifts for your friends and family, make a date out of it by brewing the coffee (or cider! or cocoa!) and turning on some Christmas music!

8.) Christmas Eve scavenger hunt!
make it into a competition, or do it together! head out to your local mall or shopping center to see what you can see! there’s sure to be oodles of laughs and so much fun as you search for everything Christmas from a decorated tree to the frazzled, last-minute shopper 😉 you could also turn this into a fun double date, or a competition with other couples! (loser buys cocoa!) print out the list here: Christmas Eve Scavenger Hunt

9.) Ugly Christmas Sweaters
take a trip to the Salvation Army or other thrift store and pick out the ugliest Christmas sweaters you can find for one another! then wear them out to coffee together 😉  (or to do your Christmas Eve scavenger hunt!!)

10.) Bake Christmas cookies
an oldie, but a goodie 😉 who doesn’t love baking & decorating Christmas cookies? bonus points if you’re dressed only in aprons & Santa hats!

11.) Read to each other
I LOVE this tradition. J… not so much 😉 he tolerates it for me! I love love love my Christmas books, and I never ended up outgrowing them 🙂 I still love to read them every Christmas, and Joey often sits down and allows me to read to him, and once in a while will read them to me 😉 but if you’re a couple who LOVES to read, then this is for you! give it a try, and see how much fun it is!

12.) Christmas special marathon!
watch all the Christmas specials of all your favorite tv shows… the office, friends, parks and recreation, 30 rock, and doctor who are a few of our favorites! spend the day inside with your favorite snacks, curled under a blanket! way fun!

I hope these ideas gave you some inspiration for starting some new Christmas traditions of your own! enjoy the beautiful season!

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