Here is a fun way to say “I love you” ten times over this Christmas!
Are you still stuck for an idea of what to give your spouse for Christmas? Or maybe you’ve already bought a gift (or gifts) but you are looking for an extra special way to bless him or her this year.
This romantic countdown is a great way to surprise your spouse every day for 10 days leading up to Christmas.
The Christmas Countdown
As with any romantic idea, you need to adapt it to your spouse’s particular favorite things. Times like this are why I say it is important to be a lifelong student of your spouse and what delights him or her most.
The idea of the Christmas countdown is simple. Pick a number of days until Christmas. If you get on the ball in the next day or tow you can do ten days, as in my example below. Seven would work too. If you are a traditionalist, you might do the twelve days of Christmas, which technically come after Christmas and would be a great way to extend the holiday festivities.
Here is how it works. For each day, give him or her a gift representing the number of days remaining until (or following after) Christmas. As an example, here’s the list I did for Jenni a few years ago:
- 10 – ten pretty fingers (gift card for a manicure) or toes (pedicure)
- 9 – nine tasty treats (Cella chocolate covered cherries-her favorite)
- 8 – four pairs of Christmas-themed earrings (she loves these things)
- 7 – Christmas-themed arrangement of seven red roses
- 6 – Six string serenade (she picked songs I sang for her)
- 5 – five-minute kiss
- 4 – four pairs of pretty panties
- 3 – a set of three Woodwick candles
- 2 – a side-by-side framed picture (us on one side and our daughters on the other)
- 1 – Christmas lingerie (OK this gift was more for me)
The gifts don’t have to be large or expensive. It really is the thought that counts in this particular romantic endeavor! Get creative!
A low budget version would be a set of lists of things you love about your spouse. Day 10: Ten things I love about our marriage. Day 9: Nine things I love about your body. Day 8: Eight things I love about how you parent. Etc. Etc.
An Added Twist
Part of the fun is deciding a fun way to surprise them with the gift each day. I had a small wooden box with a lock on it. Each day the key would appear in an unexpected way. Jenni would unlock the box to find a note that gave a clue as to where to find the day’s present.
I’m no poet, but I wrote a tacky little poem for each day. It was fun! For example day eight, the four pairs of earrings, which were placed in some teacups she has on display:
What numbers eight, yet comes in twos?
Perhaps I’ll give a few more clues
It is something festive for the season
Given for the best of reasons
‘Tis love that causes me to give
Four gifts that hide where teacups live
If you have no gift for rhyme, do something else that works better for you. Send a text message or email with the clue for the day. Maybe get other family members involved. Leave a note taped to their bathroom mirror. Give the gift first thing each morning or last thing each night. Have fun with it!
If you decide to try the Countdown to Christmas, stop back by and let us know how it worked out and to share your ideas!
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