Sometimes the holidays can leave a little to be desired in the love department, if you know what I mean.  We get a little preoccupied with all the decorating, shopping, baking, and helping Santa that our spouses can get put on the back-burner for the entire season!  Frankly, that’s the last thing we 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-man (or should I say, “woman”) show.  The more things you can do as a couple, the less animosity you will feel towards your partner.  Although, my husband doesn’t really bake, he does help with the packaging and delivery of baked goods.

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

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Go for a run together among Christmas lights. We are very fortunate to have a park with a great running trail that goes all out for Christmas.  There’s something magical about doing our regular runs 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 we zoom by logging our miles for the day.

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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.

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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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Do something silly and childlike together. My husband and I have been married for 21 years, and we are always doing silly things like making snow angels together or singing Christmas songs in our best Frank Sinatra voices.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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.