It’s the holiday season, and that means a focus on family time. It’s great to gather with extended family and develop those relationships while celebrating everything we’re thankful for.
But what about “couple time”?
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, sometimes our most intimate relationships can take a back seat to find that perfect gift for granny or cook a feast for double-digit visitors.
This holiday season, be sure to steal away sometime—just the two of you—so you can grow closer during this wonderful time of year.
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Here are 15 Thanksgiving ideas for couples for a memorable holiday-
1. Plan your holiday together
If you’re used to just whipping out a list yourself and taking care of everything, this year, do things a little differently. Take advantage of this planning session and make it into couple time. Your significant other will have some good input to make things even better this year.
2. Shop together
You really shouldn’t have to brave the stores alone. They’ll be packed, so you definitely need the backup! Plus, you can walk hand in hand as you pick out a turkey and all the fixings.
3. Take a walk through the leaves
Find a place with lots of trees where you can take a walk. It’ll be nice to get away from the excitement and stroll with your love. Stay warm by putting your arms around each other and maybe grabbing some hot cocoa.
4. Go for a drive
If you live around some rolling hills, take an hour or two and just drive! Appreciate the fall colors, and maybe even stop to take a picture or two. Bring some snacks for a fun-filled afternoon.
5. Prep the food together
Head to the kitchen, turn on some music, and have some fun! Prep the bird, chop the veggies and do everything you can ahead of time so you will have less to do on Thanksgiving day. This prep time will give you a chance to talk and decompress from your day as well.
6. Sit by each other
When Aunt Fern comes over, it doesn’t mean you quit acting like a couple. Sit by each other as often as possible, even secretly holding hands to make it more fun. The nearness will make you feel more connected as a couple. Sit by each other during the Thanksgiving meal, too, so you can play a little footsie.
7. Steal away for a few minutes
Amidst the craziness of a house full of guests, head to your room and cuddle on the bed and see where it leads. Just make sure to lock the door first.
8. Look for volunteer opportunities to do together
There are plenty of things you can do for others during this time of year. Talk to local charities and see if they need help serving food to the homeless or if you can go shopping for gifts to donate. Make it a yearly tradition for you and your significant other.
9. Go for a romantic carriage ride
Though it may be chilly, nothing is more romantic than getting bundled up and going for a carriage ride. You’ll ride while watching the twinkling lights above and hearing the clomp of horses’ hooves. Make sure to dress extra warm and bring a big blanket to share.
10. Go hot tubbing
Soothe your aching muscles and enjoy the romantic setting as you sit in the hot warmth of a hot tub. If you can, maybe even have a drink ready to make the evening more fun. Just remember to keep some extra towels nearby.
11. Rent a romantic movie
After all your guests are in bed, have a romantic movie ready to watch as you cuddle together. It’ll help you relax and get you in a romantic mood. Don’t forget the popcorn.
12. Tell each other what you are thankful for
Either when you’re at the Thanksgiving table or later on alone, express your love to each other. Explain what you are thankful for, specifically about each other. This is a time of year when our hearts turn to the important stuff in life, and our significant others definitely top the list. Don’t let the holiday pass by without saying it out loud.
13. How about a foot rub?
After a long day in the kitchen, you both deserve some extra loving care. Take turns giving each other foot rubs. You’ll definitely appreciate receiving, but you’ll also feel good about giving.
14. Send each other steamy/humorous texts
Even if your honey is across the room trying to talk down Uncle Arnie, they will appreciate a little distraction in the form of a funny or sexy text.
15. Break out the mistletoe early
It’s never too early to get a little holiday kissing underway. Linger under the mistletoe as long as possible for a more romantic holiday.
Thank your partner in special ways
There are so many ways to spark up the romance this holiday season, even as you feel thankful for having a loving partner in your life. These tips will help you set the mood for this holiday season, and all the fun will strengthen the romance in your relationship. Happy Thanksgiving!