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Handling the Holidays as a Newlywed Couple

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The holidays have arrived!  This is an exciting time for newlywed couples, but it can bring unfamiliar territory.  We’ve come up with some tips to help you transition into your life as a new family during the holiday season.

Old Traditions

Chances are you and your spouse both have particular traditions you grew up with during the holidays.  It’s important that you listen to each other and discuss what traditions you want to continue from both sides of the family, beforehand.  If the holidays arrive and you haven’t discussed it yet, there will likely be some conflict.  Here are some of the major things to consider when making plans for the holidays:

  • Which families are you going to visit?  Both sides?  How much time will you spend in each place?
  • What are the “musts” you and your spouse have?  Is it reasonable for you to accomplish all of them?  Some sacrifices may need to be made, so figure out what is most important to each of you.

New Traditions

You’re starting a new family now, whether it’s you and your spouse, or the two of you and some kids!  This is the perfect time to talk together about what new traditions you’d like to incorporate into your holidays.  If you’ve got kids (or are planning on having some), consider what things you want them to experience.  What do you and your spouse want to experience?


Overall, it’s important that you and your significant other openly communicate with each other.  This applies to everything in your relationship, but especially holiday traditions.  We’re confident that if you follow the guidelines we suggested you will have an easier transition into your new family during the holiday season.  Wishing you all the best!  Happy wedding planning!

What have you done to help enjoy the Holidays together.  Please comment and let us know –