Christmas is but a few short weeks away, and almost everywhere we look, we’re reminded of our festive obligations.
There are gifts to buy, food to prepare, plans to make and work to be done before the big day arrives – and that’s just the start of it.
Put simply, the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ can prove to be a stressful one for many of us, especially when we’re also trying to navigate a new relationship. Of course, the thought of spending time with that special new somebody in the comforting warmth of Christmas is an exciting one, but it’s not without its potential panics.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to navigate Christmas as an over 50 dater with a new partner, so let’s go:
Try to avoid Christmas stress infecting your relationship
We don’t need to remind you how stressful the run up to Christmas can be, nor just how damaging bringing new partners into that sort of mindset can be.
That’s why we recommend that, in amongst the bustle of the season, you pick a night or two where you separate yourself from that anxiety all together and spend some quality time together. No Christmas chat, just time to spend with each other.
Not only will your partner appreciate the happy, relaxed you, but you’ll benefit from a break from the build-up.
Keep your commitments
As a mature dater, there’s a high likelihood that you’ve either got existing family or at the very least, plans for Christmas that don’t involve your partner.
Of course, you’ll know whether the time’s right to introduce your new partner to the whole family unit, but if you’re not sure, we’d advise that you err on the side of caution and keep your new partner from the Christmas maelstrom. After all, there’s always New Years to spend together.
Talk about gift giving
The etiquette of gift giving when you’re in a new relationship is one that’s never easy to navigate, no matter your age.
In a new relationship without any gift-exchanges behind you, it can be especially difficult.
That’s why we recommend you broach the topic way before the day itself. Establish whether you’re buying gifts for each other and what budget you’re setting. It’s not romantic, but it does put you both on even footing and avoids potential upset and embarrassment on the day.
Don’t get too swept up by the Christmas romance
Roaring fires, twinkling lights and early sunsets all conspire to make Christmas one of the most romantic times of the year, but that’s not without its perils.
The sugar-rush of emotions that comes with a new relationship, combined with the romantic nature of the season can lead many of us to say things that we regret down the line. So, keep those I-love-you’s in your back pocket for now.