- Gift giving. It is important to decide whether or not you will be exchanging gifts. Is your relationship at a point where gifts should be exchanged? If so, how much do you both want to spend? What does your budget allow for? How do you feel about homemade gifts? Be honest. Talk about these things in order to spare yourself inevitable anxiety.
- Check in. There is a higher chance that you may be apart from your partner, because it is early in the relationship. It is important to remain checked in with each other while away. You don’t need to be in contact 24/7, but you should at least be in touch enough to keep the momentum of the relationship going.
- No invite? When you are in the beginning stages of your relationship, It is not uncommon to not be invited to office parties or family gatherings. Do not automatically assume the worst. The holiday season is typically hectic, and it is understandable if your partner does not want to involve your new relationship in the chaos. It is ok to wait until your relationship is more stable before enduring high pressure situations. If there is any tension over the lack invite, make sure you both have a discussion before you let the ill feelings fester.
- Create your own celebration. Set aside some “us” time during the holiday Get away from everyone and create memories that will last. Go to dinner, participate in a festive activity, or just stay in. Bask in each other’s presence. Togetherness is a great way to close out the holiday season.
This Topic of Week was written by Malyka Cardwell, MFT.