The holidays are a time when we come together, count our blessings, and give gifts to our nearest and dearest. This can be an especially joyous occasion for newlyweds spending their first holiday season together!
However, this time of the year can definitely be stressful and chaotic, so it is important to be organized and prepare for the season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Diwali, we have compiled several tips and tricks for couples’ first holiday to go off without a hitch!
Be Ready If Traveling
Last year, a record 107.3 million people traveled for the holiday season - which can spell disaster in the event of being unprepared, or just plain bad luck.
If you’re heading to visit family far away, be sure to get to the airport at least two hours in advance for domestic flights, or three hours in advance for international travel. It’s helpful to check in for your flight prior to arriving at the airport, and you can download your ticket on your smartphone - no more lost boarding passes!
Be sure to weigh your checked baggage at home - try using an ordinary bathroom scale and standing on it while holding your bag; you don’t want to be slapped with an additional overweight luggage fee! Remembering your picture ID or passport is paramount, as you will not be able to go through security without it - you and your spouse should remind one another.
Consider a good pair of travel shoes that you can slip on and off - this will make the security line a breeze! Before you hit the airport bar, think about gulping down some water. The low humidity level on planes can dehydrate us, leaving us feeling tired and groggy upon landing.
Prepare Your Place
If you’re hosting your first holiday, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and stressed. Even for those who are naturals at hosting, the prospect of sharing a your home with in-laws can evoke a sense of the Griswold Family Christmas.
But, never fear- with careful planning, you can make the holidays a smash hit! First, determine who exactly is coming in advance to be sure that you have room for everyone. If you are just moving into a new starter home, consider purchasing a new dining room table that’s long enough to comfortably seat everybody; there’s nothing worse than cramming guests around a tiny table!
Online furniture stores like, Arhaus offer many different dining room table options that are sure to wow your guests! Next, make sure you’ve got adequate sleeping space for your guests, complete with enough pillows and blankets for everyone’s comfort. These may seem like simple items on your checklist, but lack of a good night’s sleep can ruin a trip for your loved ones.
Most importantly, keep a tidy house! It’s much better to have your home nice and clean for when your guests arrive, and it will give you one less thing to worry about as you play host to your friends and family.
The holidays are a time filled with tradition, which can sometimes be difficult to adhere to when the family becomes larger!
The best way to negotiate this is by being open and honest about expectations with your spouse. If your family tradition involves chopping down a Christmas tree and bringing it home but your wife has an allergy to Douglas firs, all the Benadryl in the world won’t make her holiday enjoyable!
Conversely, if your family likes to imbibe in alcohol and your husband doesn’t drink, this can make things awkward and uncomfortable for him. The key is compromise - it’s very important to have open and honest dialogue.
This precedent will carry over through your relationship, making this type of transparency valued in your marriage! If possible, make a list of each tradition your family has, and decide which ones your family will continue and which ones will become a pleasant memory!
The holidays don’t have to be chaotic, and through careful planning, you can have the perfect celebration!
By sticking to these tips, you can ensure your preparedness and transform for your home into a beacon of holiday joy. Who knows, maybe things will change next year, or you will set the new tradition for years to come!