Starting a new relationship just before the December holidays can make for some awkward times. But I’m proof that it’s not a reason to avoid opportunities to meet someone special on a berkshire dating site or elsewhere. Yes, I met my partner almost a year ago – next month will be our 1-year anniversary! It was a new relationship at Christmas, and we navigated gift ideas and other challenges of the holiday waters just fine. So, I know you can do it too.
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Holiday dating: There will be challenges
I’m not here to tell you that it’ll be all roses and rainbows. But that’s great if it is that way for you and your new sweetheart!
Let’s face it: the holidays can be chaotic, no matter how much we plan for it. There are staff functions, last minute parties, and likely you’ll be shopping for gifts, all of which can time away from your dating life.
Gift ideas for a new relationship at Christmas
While we’re on the topic of presents, choosing what to get your new guy or gal for Christmas can be tricky when you first start dating someone. Whether it’s teen dating, over 50s dating, or any other age group you’re in, I suggest going with a small (i.e., inexpensive) item.
That type of gift shows you are thinking of the other person but doesn’t overwhelm them. I got my partner a fun apron as he likes to cook – the message written on the fabric is that he’s sexy and he knows it! A playful gift is usually well received. At least it was in my case.
And, for most people, the holidays are a very social time. Commitments to friends, family, and work events often are simply part of this time of year, between Thanksgiving, Xmas, and New Year’s. As a result, it can be difficult to schedule special time and come up with awesome gift ideas when starting a new relationship at Christmas.
Your budding connection can wane if you don’t see one another as often. So, do you invite someone you’re newly dating to be your +1 at the work Christmas party? That’s up to you if you feel comfortable doing so. I went to his and, well, I work from home, so I can’t reciprocate, but I have a feeling I would have done so given we clicked so quickly from the onset.
Starting a new relationship, Christmas, and F-U-N
It’s not all hardship, nope. After you met in person after chatting on quality dating sites in berkshire or another local platform, you knew you’d be a good match – and it seems like you have more in common with every interaction! Yay!
The fun is likely to continue as the Christmas season brings with it lots of great events that simply don’t happen the rest of the year. If it’s cold enough winter weather where you live, for example, an outdoor ice skating rink might be set up and make for an entertaining date!
Other dating ideas at Christmas are:
- Walk around holiday craft fairs
- Attend gingerbread house competitions
- Go Christmas shopping together
- Sip hot cocoa at a local café
- Snuggle up under a blanket and watch Netflix
- Wrap presents together as you sip wine
Think fun and romantic when it comes to ideas for strengthening a new relationship at Christmas. Also, I don’t believe in the guy always being the one to ask the woman out or holding him accountable for planning dates every time. I still enjoy planning out some of our date nights.
In addition, having a loving connection with someone else can help combat the holiday blues and give you something wonderful to look forward to in the New Year. Those positive vibes with your sweetheart might also chase away Christmas stress.
The importance of understanding
Also, try not to take things personally during this busy holiday time when you begin dating again. Repeat it to yourself if you need to.
Starting a new relationship is exciting, yes, but it’s a family time of year for many people. If your new beau is family-oriented, give them the space to spend with loved ones.
Be understanding if they spend a lot of time with family or their best friends right now – that’s normal and healthy! If they already have plans don’t take it personally. It’s not anything against you but simply a time for celebration and seeing family and friends.
Final words on a new relationship at Christmas
Oh, and one last thing about a new holiday romance. If you’re newly dating then they may not be ready to introduce you to their family or best friends.
It’s a big step, and everyone moves at their own pace. Respect their wishes.
That statement holds true for them meeting your family too. Besides, if this is your soulmate, what’s the rush anyway? They’ll be around for a long time with you. So, the introductions can come when you both feel more comfortable.