The 12 Dates of Christmas

Christmas 1Christmas 2Christmas 3This Christmas was amazing. Not only did we bring home a bundle of (puppy) joy, but we started a brand new tradition! I mentioned here that we did a little thing called "The 12 Dates of Christmas" (inspired by Rockstar Diaries). Jeremy and I both agreed that these small dates made the Holidays feel more eventful and special. They helped us to slow down and enjoy our first Christmas as a married couple. We loved our little dates even more than giving gifts this year! We both wrote 6 dates each on pieces of paper and sealed them up in envelopes. It was so much fun to wake up each morning and open another envelope. Here's a little recap of what we enjoyed together….

12 Dates of ChristmasThese were our 12 Dates of Christmas… 1. A coffee date at The Hub. 2. Building Fort Christmas 3. Shopping for vintage wrapping paper (Jeremy's idea!) 4. Fill a stocking for Suki. 5. Look at Christmas Lights (forgot to get a pic… oops!) 6. Watch a movie at The Moxie + then have dessert! 7. Shop for a Christmas record 8. Brunch date 9. Make a Holiday cocktail together (we made spiked apple cider… it was amazing) 10. Go wine shopping (one of our favorite geeky things to do together) 11. Creperie date! 12. Wrap gifts together.♥ 

I hope your Holiday was full of warm memories. xo, elsie

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  • You are so cute! What a lovely idea. My husband and I are also trying to invent our own traditions, and I think I might pinch this one from you!

  • Soooo sweet! I am definitely doing this with my Honey next year. We did accomplish to slow down a bit this holiday season. Got to enjoy driving around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights and squeezed in plenty of early morning breakfast dates.

  • So fun, I loved seeing all these in progress over on IG! Also, the winery you got the Reisling from makes an awesome Merlot (a wine I’m usually not into…I’m more of a Pinot Noir gal). I think it’s called the Velvet Devil…how approps!

  • This is such a sweet idea, I just need someone to do it with now! You make a wonderful couple xo

  • So sweet!
    I can only wish for such. I’ve never been on a date yet.. unless you count the friendly dates.

  • This is such a great idea. It really brings back to real reasons why Christmas is so great, taking some time out of your busy schedule to do fun things with the people you love. Although this shouldn’t be just a Christmas tradition but rather all year around.

  • You guys look so happy, it’s lovely to see!

    I wondered where your beautiful pink coat was from? It’s so pretty, perfect for what I’m looking for!


  • Next year I’m gonna do the same 😉 Thank you for this great idea.

    ♥ ♥

  • Elsie! Love your Blog. We adopted a puppy (Avery) last year to be a little sister to our older dog (Isabelle), and she came from the rescue with a fuzzy sack JUST LIKE the one you’re holding your new baby in in this post! The girls fight over who gets to sit in it which means we need a second sack. Can’t find one anywhere and am close to making one myself, but if you purchased yours somewhere (etsy?) could you please let me know?!! Isabelle and Avery (and me too!) would be ever so grateful!

  • I love your blog, and all of your great ideas, I would like to know why forts are built for the Christmas season. We don’t have that tradition here in the UK and I think it’s a great idea

  • I love your coat! I had just seen a girl wearing it while I was shopping in St. Louis and then I saw you’re pic. =) Its too cute and such a great color!

  • I was hoping you’d share what your dates were! One of my goals for the New Year is planning a date with hubby every week–but they need to be economical, so your ideas help.
    Catherine Denton

  • What a great idea “the 12 dates of Christmas”. I will try to remember this for christmas 2012.

    Happy New Year!

  • That’s a lovely idea. I think it is helpful for keeping a marriage healthy too. Doing things together is always a good thing.

  • you & jeremy are the cutest! What a great idea 🙂
    Rachelle x

  • You to are the cutest couple i have ever seen. I wish that 2012 will bring only the best to you two.

  • Such a sweet idea!! I may have to make a similar tradition for myself and the Mr. 🙂

  • loved your original post about this and this one as well. love all of your mini dates ideas. good choice on the wine.. love kung fu girl 🙂
    happy new year to you guys!

  • Great new tradiction!

  • A great reminder to stop and enjoy the little things. I like that. 🙂

  • I just love this idea! I keep thinking about it and hope to do something like this next year. So sweet and fun.

  • i love the 12 dates of christmas idea sounds like you guys had a blast i love that you both split up the date ideas!

  • That’s a really good idea, your idea with the 12 dates. Seems you have a lot of fun with each other. I wish from the bottom of my heart that you will go on this way for the next decades.

  • I love this idea of 12 dates of Christmas!

    xo Emma

  • aw! look at that little family! absolutely adorable 🙂

  • Congrats on the doxie! You’ve entered a family of dachshund lovers, myself included. Dapples are darling!

  • Absolutely LOVE the idea of the 12 Dates of Christmas! Next christmas will be mine and my future husband’s first christmas as a married couple..if we can stick to it, we’d love to start this tradition as well! It’s such a great way to slow down during the crazy season & enjoy time with each other and also give us an excuse to maybe try something new 😉
    Thanks so much to you and Rockstar Diaries for the idea! Love your blog and your sweet new puppy!
    Happy New Year! 🙂

  • That is so lovely! Im a huge believer in making the whole month of December as Christmassy as possible! 🙂

  • such a sweet idea! in the crazy pace of life it is important to make every and any excuse to settle down with your hubby! will definitely be ‘borrowing’ date ideas for next year! you can see how i made my 12 dates of christmas calendar for my man on my blog!

  • i told tristan about this, we’re going to do it next year! it’s the cutest idea!!
    thanks for sharing and wishing you two a wonderful holiday season xo!

  • This is the best idea! I wonder if I could convince my boy to go along with it next year. Hmm.

  • What a lovely idea. I feel like i may change this up slightly and do this with my roommates next year!

  • Love your 12 dates! But most importantly, I love your dapple dachshund! We have 2 pie bald long hair dachshunds and they are THE BEST dogs ever! You will love having that little character as part of your family. We will NEVER be a house without one! More pictures of that pup please!!

  • So romantic, I will have to try this on my first year of marriage too!

    Mary from ♥ ♥

  • Ahh! That is too clever for words 🙂 When I fall in love with my McDreamy <3 I will definitely try this!!

    Cheers to the new year

  • Such a good idea! Looks like you two had fun! Happy New year to you!

  • By far the cutest idea ever. I feel like I should do this with my guy more often – not just during Christmas. It brings you closer and you find yourself falling in love all over again

    Happy New Year to you two
    xo Sam

  • What a sweet idea! This is too cute! I love the pictures as well! This is a lovely tradition!

  • i love this idea so much and look forward to starting the same tradition next year! Also thank you so much for all of the fun gifts i have been receiving from the December holiday giveaway! i think my mailman thinks i have an online shopping addiction, haha

  • Oh puppy, so cute! What a fantastic idea for a Christmas tradition, I will definitely do the 12 Dates of Christmas next year 🙂

  • Did you come up with a name yet for the little bundle? She is so cute! I still love the mentioned (Apple Dapple Dumpling) on your first post of her!

    Love & Lollies… Jessa

    Confessions of the Cupcake Countessa

  • Ohh, I still can’t get over what a wonderful idea this is! I really want to do the same next year! : )

  • Oh gosh your new puppy is so adorable! And I really love this idea of 12 dates! Unfortunately I work at a bakery and christmas times are very busy, so I don’t really have the time to do this with christmas, but it is a great idea for the summer holidays too!

  • I saw you do this and I thought it was a great idea so me and my bf wrote down some ideas. Our best one was buy some blank glass ornaments and paint them. We didn’t paint traditional Christmas things on them but things like characters from our favorite video games and our favorite bands’ logos. Another good one was we started reading one of our favorite books (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) aloud to each other. Sadly though we didn’t get through all 12 dates, Christmastime can be so busy. We had some funny and kool ideas though such as buying cheesy Christmas pjs/undies/socks for each other and wearing them, going to a nice restaraunt and only ordering dessert. We’ll try again next year. : )

  • You’re having great holidays! Love the small dates idea!
    the puppy is soo cute! I want to cuddle him! or it her? sorry, no mention

  • I LOVE the 12 dates! My husband and I did the 8 dates of Hanukkah and had a blast!


  • I love your new tradition. I’d love to try something like this with my boyfriend too. I’d be fun!
    Looks like you had so much fun! And the new family member (pup) is soooo CUTE! Is Suki being a good big sister so far?
    I wish you all the best and a Happy New Year! 🙂

  • that is a great idea~ that the first picture, your new puppy is KILLING ME. what a cute little dear.

  • This is so sweet :). I hope you guys have a wonderful, memorable and love filled marriage. My hubby and I are 8.5 years in (woohoo!!) and time is somewhat nonexistent when you are with an amazing partner. Maybe next year we’ll start a 12 Dates of Christmas :). Great idea!

  • My husband + I do a similar tradition. We have a small activity to do every day leading up to Christmas. We don’t get them all done, but it does add so much more magic to the holiday season! 🙂 I wanna try the 12 dates of Christmas next year ♥ I think it’s a sweet idea that you both chose 6 dates! I’m usually the one coming up with the ideas. It’s our first year as a married couple too. Wasn’t it the best??? I love being married.

  • I love this idea of mini dates during the holidays. It was something I really wanted to start this year with my fiance but with our travel plans it didn’t work out.

    Congrats on your first married Christmas! I can’t wait to start planning my wedding 🙂

    a cup of subtle tea

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