Sometimes the holidays can leave a little to be desired in the love department, if you know what we mean. You can get a little preoccupied with all the decorating, shopping, baking and helping Santa that your spouse can get put on the back-burner for the entire season! Frankly, that’s the last thing you need. Keeping the spark alive is the perfect way to stay stress-free during the holidays.

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It’s a team effort! The holidays aren’t a one-woman show. The more things you can do as a couple, the less animosity you will feel towards your partner. For a fun little activity, try baking. If your husband isn’t really a baker he can help with the packaging and delivery of all the tasty treats.

Go for a run together among Christmas lights. There’s something magical about doing your regular run under the Christmas lights. It’s almost straight out of a movie: people walking around the park looking at lights, drinking hot cocoa and listening to the live band playing Christmas music as you both zoom by logging your miles for the day.

Spend a night in… alone. Send the kids to grandma’s or a friend’s house for the evening and just enjoy a night at home. A glass of wine, the twinkling lights from the Christmas tree, and great conversation are the best dates ever.

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Go for a walk. If you’re not a runner, find a park and go for a movie-like stroll with your love.

Do something silly and childlike together. Even after 20-plus years together, couples can still do the silliest of things together! Go out and a do a few silly things yourselves like making snow angels together or singing Christmas songs in your best Frank Sinatra voices.

Make it a date! We know, we know, your schedule is more crammed than ever, but we demand you make time for a date night. Enjoy a nice dinner with just the two of you, no kids!


Make your significant other a Christmas countdown calendar. Each day is filled with a surprise. This can be anything from a note to a favorite candy.

Surprise text. Send your love a surprise text during the work day. Keeping it G-rated — or not, it’s your choice!

PDA. When you’re doing all that holiday shopping try a little PDA. Now, not everyone is a fan of public display of affection gone extreme, but there’s nothing wrong with holding hands and a little peck on the cheek.

Traditions that last. Start a holiday-themed tradition that is just for you and your spouse. For example, make it a tradition to attend a local production of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Decide as a couple what it’s going to be and you’ll have something great to look forward to every year!

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If you take a little time and effort to make sure the spark stays lit, before you know it you will be having yourself a merry little Christmas in your olden days, happy golden days of yore.