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Bring back the romance this Christmas

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Boost holiday romance

The holidays aren’t exactly the easiest time to make romance a priority. Chances are you and your husband are spending more time rushing around malls and dealing with seasonal stress than enjoying each other’s company. But making time for holiday romance isn’t a lost cause. We put together some simple relationship tips for injecting a little more love into the festive season.

Couple in front of Christmas tree

Make the most of evenings

Once the kids go to bed, take some time (at least 30 minutes) to reconnect. You might be tempted to turn on the TV and sit in silence as you decompress from the busy day, but resist the urge to get sucked into a cheesy Christmas movie. Use your evening time to sit by the fire, get caught up on each other's lives (not just how many gifts there are still to buy or how to tell great Aunt Greta she can't spend New Year's Eve with you). The more you can feel connected, the easier it will be to get through the holidays sans stress and without fighting.

Spice up the mundane

Whether you have a pile of presents to wrap or a holiday menu to plan, do it as a team. But don't just grumble through your chores. Instead, open a bottle of wine and turn it into quality time you get to spend together. You might not get much time for romance, which is why we suggest taking full advantage of the time you do have together. Light some candles, turn on some carols and sip your wine as you figure out what to make for Christmas dinner or sort through the pile of gifts to make sure you haven't missed anyone.

Treat yourself to a date night

Chances are even if you don't think you have time for holiday alone time you should be able to squeeze in one date night. Pick an evening where you know you don't have events to go to or host, mark it on the calendar, book a babysitter and enjoy yourselves. Go somewhere you've been dying to try or a favorite restaurant you haven't been to in a while. The evening out will refresh you and help you get through the rest of the holiday season with renewed energy.

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