Christmas is coming in a handful of days and it’s the perfect time to admire the gifts GOD has given you. Do you know the reason for the season – JESUS? If not, go with me to read more, click here. But Christmas isn’t about the ‘obligatory’ ritual of going to amazon.com or Walmart and buying gifts because the wise men gave them first – NO, its because God gave the gift of His Son Jesus. He gave to a depth we often forget and for a love we often take for granted.
So God gave you Jesus on Christmas Day; we all accept that but do you recognize your spouse as a gift from God? Watch www.vowstokeep.com/blog for some upcoming posts regarding that!
In America we get all wrapped up in traditions for the kids (we setup 1950s Lionel Trains around the tree) but have you considered some creative 1 on 1 traditions for your lover?
1. Sipping and Sitting – For this one, you get a babysitter and go somewhere special—just the two of you— get one BIG hot cocoa to share together. While you sip on your cocoa and enjoy the time as one, don’t force the conversation – just hold each other! Reflect on what the Lord has done for you and be content! Contentment is powerful in unity. Read 1 Timothy 6:6!
2. T’was the Night Before Christmas isn’t just a classic story – It’s the perfect time for two! The next day will be generally focused on the kids, so make a tradition the night before for just the two of you. Share your favorite memory from the last year, pray and then write a special letter for your spouse to open 1 year from then. Seal the letters in an envelope then put them in the box you put your ornaments in. Next year, you’ll get a blessing when you go to decorate the tree!
3. Stocking Stuffers. Take 2 cars – meet at a restaurant – enjoy a night away, dinner, or treat together and then SPLIT UP! Go on mission for some fun stocking stuffers for your spouse with a set time limit and a set $ cap. Sometimes getting ideas from someone else can be helpful so don’t be ashamed to phone a friend (you might inspire them, too).
4. I’m guilty – my wife often doesn’t get big presents to open. Birthdays are even worse, but rather than give THINGS for Christmas, give each other date nights to be enjoyed once a month, all year-long. This could be as simple as movie tickets, plays, and sporting events. Save up for a few months and surprise them with a special weekend away.
5. The 12 Days of Christmas is a song about a very giving ‘true love’, right? One year, my bride created nightly anticipation for the 12 days leading up to Christmas! It was very memorable.
Now it’s time for you to inspire me! What are some traditions you enjoy with your spouse?