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Christmas Night Wind-Down: A New Tradition

As I have been plotting out my holidays, picking traditions to adhere to has been the most difficult for me. It stinks that the holidays are so compressed, because it would be fun to have a little more time to do “everything”. But alas, we don’t.

This year, the Hubs and I are hosting Christmas at our house. It will be a day full of friends, family, food and more food. And by more food, I mean beer. Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy one. The good thing, is that guests tend to get full, sleepy and want to head home earlier than your typical night. Which then leaves the Hubs and I to a quiet home, Christmas night. That is the part of Christmas I want to celebrate with my husband. The post-eating, drinking, and getting to see our loved ones, where we get to collapse on the couch, take a deep breath and reflect on the year past. We don’t really do this on New Year’s Eve, since, uhm, it’s us and you’re more likely to find us dancing on cars over practicing any sort of inward reflection.

So, one of the traditions that we are starting this year is what I have dubbed the “Christmas Night Wind-Down“. I saw an idea on Pinterest not too long ago about a tradition where children open one gift on Christmas Eve and it always contains new pajamas, some popcorn, hot chocolate and a new book for the family to read together. Cute, right? Except it doesn’t apply to us right now. Then I started thinking – what if I made us the adult version? Every year, after everyone leaves (or we get home from Christmas visits), we get to open our last present of the day: a gift to let ourselves decompress and appreciate the day, the season, each other and everything we have accomplished this year.


So, what goes in the Christmas Night Wind-Down box?

  • New, comfy pajama pants for us both
  • A new DVD
  • A bottle of our favorite port
  • Some snacks
  • A fuzzy blanket to keep us warm
  • 3 Duraflame logs for the fire (just for us!)
  • Two letters – one from me to him, and one from him to me. These letters are written to let the other person know how much you appreciate them, reflect on your favorite moments of the last year, tell them you love them and remember why it is you are together.

I know, guys, I know. We are pretty high on the mush-factor right now, BUT I am so excited to do this Christmas night. We will start the fire, cuddle up together on the couch under the blanket, have a nice glass (or two) of port, read our letters, and then settle down to watch a movie. *Cue the “awwwwwws”

After that, let’s be honest. We’ll probably pass out. Our boxer, Hank, will jump up on the couch and wind up on top of us. Between that, the blanket, the port and the fire, we’ll overheat, wake up cranky and zombie-walk to bed. But it’s the thought that counts, right? :D



  1. This is an awesome idea, Amanda! AND it’s always such an amazing thing to start new traditions. I wish I would have thought of it. Yay you!

    • Eeeep! And you guys have such great things to write about from this last year!!! I’m so excited to start it too because we never really do anything like this!

  2. This. This is amazing. I’ve been trying to sell Christmas night to Sean, since we have SO MUCH going on during the holidays. It’s not about when you celebrate, it’s about how! This is perfect!

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