It happens to everyone who has kids: they eventually grow up too fast and before you know it they are off to college, getting married, and having children of their own. When they’ve grown and gone the old family celebrations may seem like they are empty but it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. Here are some suggestions for celebrating Christmas the holidays without children.
My first suggestion is to make the holiday season special for the both of you and make new memories by doing something together that you’ve never done before or in a long time. Whatever you do, it doesn’t have to be complicated but make a point to share the holiday with each other.
Take a vacation somewhere. Even if it’s just two hours away at a charming bed and breakfast for a day or two. Something is better than nothing if you are looking for something to do.
Exchange gifts between each other in addition to sending gifts to your family and friends. Again, even if it is just one gift make it special and memorable. Jewelry, cologne, wine and cheese, whatever you two enjoy is a relevant suggestion.
Start a new tradition of having a web Christmas with your children. New computers often come with built in web cameras that let you transmit your image over the internet. If you can’t make it to your children’s houses this holiday at least you can see them on that day.
Strolling down memory lane is always enjoyable. Get out those old videotapes of Christmas past and watch them. Yes, they may bring some joyful tears but it will be cathartic at the same time. Even better, you can get a gift of having those old VHS tapes transferred to DVD for Christmas.
Make an unusual Christmas meal this year. Instead of ham or turkey try seafood, pasta, or even steak for both of you to share.
Go see a movie together that both of you would enjoy. Christmas is the single biggest attended day for movie theaters, so my advice is to get there as early as possible and buy tickets online in advance so you don’t have to wait in lines for tickets.
I know this may sound corny but you can celebrate Christmas with your pets. Wrap their gifts and try to get them to open it with their teeth and paws and see how they do.
If you are friends with another couple with the same dilemma of Christmas without the kids spend time with them on Christmas. Enjoy your time with close friends if you can’t be with family.
If your own parents are still alive celebrate with them. Go to their house or even a nursing home and spend the day with your parents as a way of sharing Christmas memories of your own childhood.