The first holiday season as newlyweds can be exciting! It’s your first time being able to send out cards with your joint name, you get to buy each other gifts as a legally bound couple for the first time, and right around the corner is the New Year’s kiss that marks the beginning of your first full year as a married couple.
Of course, all that exciting stuff doesn’t mean this season is without its struggles. As a newly married couple, you are just now figuring out how to navigate your newly joined families and all the expectations they may have. When it comes to preparing the home and making an inviting environment for the holidays, there’s a chance you don’t see every single detail eye to eye as partners. Finally, you have to be careful with what you put on your couple’s wish list… especially if friends and family recently doled out big bucks on wedding gifts.
Below is our guide for safely navigating the first holiday season you spend together as newlyweds.
Creating a Cozy Home Environment for the Holidays
When preparing your home for holiday guests, safety should always be on your minds. If you live in an icy or snowy area, keep all entryways free from ice and slip hazards. Shovel your walkways regularly and stock your home with eco-friendly slip-proofing products. Also be sure to have fresh bulbs in all outdoor lights so there are no dark spots when guests come over after the sun has gone down.
Put away all non-seasonal home accessories to clear room for holiday decorations. This season tends to be about glitz and glamour, so let those pieces stand out against a clean, tidy home. Store extra things in the attic or basement and give your home an extra dusting before breaking out the festivities.
If you have friends or family coming over, provide them with fresh, clean linens for the bedroom and bathroom. Have holiday-scented products in the guest bathroom for an extra festive touch. The best hosts have everything their guests could need conveniently provided so they don’t even have to ask. Check out this comprehensive list from HomeAdvisor of things to do to prepare your home for the holidays.
Handling Family and In-Laws During the Holidays
Just because you love your husband or wife with all your heart doesn’t mean you necessarily feel that way about all their family members. Dealing with in-laws and family is one of the most stressful things about the holidays. When it comes to those little irritating things people can do, pick your battles wisely.
There’s no need to get into a big argument that can last for hours if you’re only spending a few hours together anyways. Let the minor annoying things go and instead find respite spending intimate moments together alone as a married couple.
The Newlywed Holiday Wish List
If you cleaned up at your wedding, this is not the year to go all out asking for extravagant holiday presents from your family. If friends and family do ask what you would like, ask for small and elegant things that would make your house a home. Things such as:
- Picture Frames
- House Plants
- Cozy Throw Blankets
- Wine or Special Liquors
- Gourmet Coffee
- Candles or Oil Diffusers
- Matching Slippers
You can also make things a little more personal by asking for gifts that accompany whatever they got you for your wedding. For instance, if they were kind enough to give you a standing mixer, ask for a fun attachment that goes with it. Or if you could maybe use a little help with some of the post-wedding expenses, ask for professional preservation of your wedding dress.
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