7 Newlywed Traditions for Your First Holiday as a Married Couple

'Tis the season for creating new family memories.
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sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated May 20, 2020
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Ringing in your first holiday season after the wedding? With so much to celebrate, it's only fitting that you and your partner are establishing newlywed holiday traditions together. The holidays are all about spending time with your loved ones, making it the perfect occasion for an extra special first Christmas as a married couple.

As you balance hectic work schedules, holiday shopping and non-stop traveling, don't forget to take time for you and your spouse as well. Below, we're sharing seven newlywed holiday traditions to start that will make your season joyful and fun.

Host a Dinner Party

There's a good chance your kitchen is stocked with brand new appliances from your wedding registry. What better way to celebrate the holidays than by hosting a dinner party to put your wedding gifts to use? Whether you present your homemade meal using your new serving tools or show off your DJ skills with your smart home speaker, invite your loved ones over to enjoy quality time together. (Bonus points if you make a dessert using your brand new standing mixer.)


Remember the reason for celebrating the season. Whether you spend an afternoon volunteering at a soup kitchen or you donate gifts to a shelter, giving back is a great newlywed holiday tradition that will help you connect with your local community. Or, consider asking your loved ones to donate to a charity in your name in lieu of holiday gifts. (PS: You can always link your wedding registry with The Knot to a charity and we'll donate a portion of the purchases to an organization of your choice.)

Travel Somewhere New

The holidays mark the busiest travel season of the year. Grab your weekend bag and take a trip to a brand new city every holiday season. Whether you coordinate a mini vacation with your family or make it a newlywed getaway, you'll create lasting memories by checking off a new place on your bucket list during the holidays.

Design a Family Holiday Card

One of the most sentimental newlywed holiday traditions is documenting your current season of life. Show off your brand new moniker (along with your favorite wedding photos!) by designing a family holiday card. Tools like Minted and Shutterfly make it fun (and easy) to create a personalized card to send your loved ones. Collect them over time to preserve your cherished memories over the years.

Plan a Festive Date Night

It can be easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of everything you have to get done by the end of the year. But don't let your never-ending to-do list take away from your relationship. The holidays are about spending time with your loved ones—and as newlyweds, now's the perfect time to enjoy your "firsts" and create lasting memories. Be intentional about setting aside time for the two of you. Whether you check out the holiday lights in your neighborhood or stay in for a movie night, prioritize date night during the season. It's a newlywed holiday tradition you'll be thankful you started.

Focus on Health and Wellness

You don't have to wait until January 1 to get started on your New Year's resolutions. Get a jumpstart on your goals in the thick of the holiday season. Making your health and wellness a priority is important all year long, but especially during this time of year. It can be stressful to balance work, shopping, traveling and extended family time. Everyone manages holiday stress differently, but consider this: the more you focus on keeping your body and mind healthy, the better your holiday season will be. Commit to drinking more water every day or consider enrolling in a relationship counseling program like Lasting to prioritize your marriage. It'll make your holidays so much more enjoyable.

Honor Your Childhood Traditions

Your favorite childhood holiday traditions don't have to stop once you become a newlywed. Think about what means the most to you every holiday season, whether it's decorating your house in flashy lights or watching Love Actually every weekend in December and make them your newlywed holiday traditions.

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