The holidays are a time to celebrate and spend time with loved ones. Whether you’re visiting family, getting together with friends, or going to work events all season long, it can be a whirlwind of a season.
When you’re in a relationship, getting through the holiday season can sometimes be a struggle. Between two busy schedules, families, friends, food, and so much more, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
Navigating the holidays shouldn’t feel like work just because you’re a couple. So, what can you do to get through them with ease?
Let’s take a look at three tips that will make navigating the holidays with your partner easier this year.
Start the Conversation Early
The holidays might feel like they sneak up on you each year, but it’s essential to plan. Have a conversation with your significant other weeks before any holiday events start to show up on your calendar.
You can talk about your expectations for the season. Cover the things you want to do and the things you don’t want to do. Don’t be afraid to share ideas that are important to you and things you’d like to change. By agreeing to have an open line of communication early on, you can stay connected without falling victim to the stresses of this time of year.
Of course, that doesn’t mean your communication ends throughout the rest of the season. Commit early on to have a continuous conversation throughout the holidays. If something is bothering you, don’t keep it inside. If there’s something you want to do or don’t want to do, share it with your partner.
It’s not always easy to communicate, especially if you feel like you’ll be letting your significant other down in some way. But, being open and honest will help to diffuse arguments all season long.
Create Traditions Together
When you’re in a relationship, you might find yourself trying to tie together traditions from two different families. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s also a good idea to make your own traditions through the years.
Maybe you can include little aspects from each of your childhood traditions into your holidays while creating new ones as a couple. Traditions have to start somewhere—so, why not with you?
Developing your own together can make you feel closer, and allow you to pass something on to your kids or other family members. It’s a great way to tie everything together and have something that is “yours” only.
Though you might have your holiday schedule all mapped out, it’s a good idea to be flexible. Plans change. People get busy, weather becomes a factor, and it’s not uncommon for events to get shuffled around.
While that might throw a wrench in your plans, flexibility is essential. It will help you to deal with disappointment and can keep you from letting out that disappointment on your partner when it wasn’t their fault from the start.
Because there’s so much going on, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed during the holidays. Give yourself a break when it comes to your strict schedules. It will make navigating the holidays much more comfortable as a couple.
You don’t have to be nervous about navigating the holidays together, even if they haven’t been easy in the past. If you live in the Oakland, CA area, and you’re worried about what this season will bring, feel free to contact me. Or visit my page on [specialty page link] to learn more.
Together, we can work on ways you can prep for the holiday season as a couple. We’ll talk about your expectations, what you need from each other, and what you want the holidays to bring.