I think I say this nearly every year, but I am always amazed that we chose to get married on 2nd January. I’m not quite sure what we were thinking (though at the time we were child-free, and this whole festive time of year was more chilled out than it is with a growing family). But as has been stated, our anniversary is just around the corner. Eleven years, to be precise. And although we aren’t massively into giving each other gifts for our anniversary, marking the occasion is still something that is massively important to us.
All relationships are likely to have had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Not an anniversary, but the birthday after I had Chloe (eleven days before) was one of the dullest I have ever had. I was in pain post c-section, with a new born. I think the highlight was having a nap! But for an anniversary, and for the health of a relationship, doing something to make it as different from any other regular day, is an important thing to do. Anniversaries give you the wonderful opportunity to relive some happy memories, practice gratitude, and show your love. Whether you are going to be spending the day together at home, like we will be, going on an adventure, or having a crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet! Here are some ideas to help.
- Learning something new about each other can be fun, even if you have been together for a while. There are quizzes online, like the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They can get some conversations going and lead to some honest and frank moments between the two of you.
- Having a lazy day is always a winner. One thing that has to be said of getting married on 2nd January is that we are both going to be off work. Being the day after New Year’s Day means that it is a good excuse to have another day off, or we don’t even need to be in at all. So think along the lines of breakfast in bed, followed by fizz, games, and desserts. If you can throw a nap in there, then even better in my book!
- If you prefer to exchange gifts and get gifts for him, then it could be a good idea to think about the anniversary that you are celebrating. For example, eleven years is steel, which could be a steel appliance or jewellery perhaps. Three years of marriage is the leather anniversary, so that could mean a leather belt or leather wallet, for instance.
- Taking a day trip to somewhere new, or one of your favourite places can be another thing that is fun to do together. If you’re normally in the city, then heading out to the great outdoors in the countryside can be a fun way to get back to nature. Likewise, if you’re normally out in the sticks, shopping or playing tourist in a big city can be a fun option
What are some of your favourite things to do for an anniversary? It would be great to hear what you think.
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