If you have no children, by chance or by choice, there are many ways to mark the holidays and create traditions that you can look forward to every year. Join the family for traditional celebrations, but create a few that are just for the two of you.
1. Collect ornaments. If you vacation over the summer, look for an ornament from your special place. Or check sites like Bronner's or Ornament Shop for just the right ornament for you and your loved one.
2. See the sights. Attend a holiday concert or tree lighting event. Or take a stroll (or a drive) to see holiday lights in town or in the city. We did this last year, taking the commuter rail into Boston, walking around the Common and, after some hot cocoa and a pastry, taking the train back home. Dress warm and take in the sights.
3. Volunteer together. This year, we went to a PTO fundraiser at our local Barnes and Noble and I did a read-aloud. Check out Toys for Tots, or organize a coat drive. Donate to your local food bank. Become a Secret Santa to a child in need. Do good; feel good.
5. Organize a post-holiday friendsmas gathering or night out. Or get out of town yourselves. Be on the lookout for deals or take advantage of the lower gas prices and do a "tank-away" getaway.
Need more ideas? Check out holiday date nights or winter date night ideas and get the creative juices flowing.
If you are a family of two, or flying solo these days, what do you do to mark the holidays in way that is special for you?