Empty Nest Holidays and 9 HolidayTraditions for the "New" Couple

Empty Nest Holidays and 

9 New Traditions for the "New" Couple

Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? 

While the crisp weather and captivating colors lingered some here in northeastern PA, autumn seems to have flown by. 

One of our fav things to do this time of year is to drive around and take pictures. 

We have become bonafide "leaf-peepers".

How about you? Do you live in a foliage rich area? 
If so, share a picture!
Last month, we made our way to The Adirondacks and just look at the beauty!

autumn in lake george adirondacks
 This is near Lake Placid, NY.
autumn in lake george adirondacks
 It was breathtaking!
autumn in lake george adirondacks
 Everywhere we looked or stopped, there was something to see.
autumn in lake george adirondacks
 There are SO many little creeks, rivers, and lakes.
autumn in lake george adirondacks
 Just before this picture, there was a family of 4 in it!
autumn in lake george adirondacks
And this is at Lake George, NY.

December is here!
Let the festivities begin!
We are looking forward to this holiday season and dare I say WINTER ☃. 
Yep, I am one of those crazies that love cold weather, the snow, the "stay inside and be cozy" of it all 🕯❄️🕯.
            The Danish call this cozy "HYGGE"- pronounced "hue-gah".
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Our kids are grown and mostly flown with our youngest is finishing college this spring, we are now a "new" old couple-just two again in an empty, cozy nest🐦.

Empty nest holidays are weird. We've only had one Thanksgiving and one Christmas with just me and the hubby so far. 

Our first impressions: it's too quiet and you pretty much use the same amount of dishes to make a meal for 2 as a meal for 6!
We miss the kiddos (see above comment on holiday dishes 🍽), but we are enjoying this regrouping of ourselves as it were. 

This year the hubby and I are looking to start a few new traditions for the "new" empty nest couple we have become.
Often, parents can get lost in parenting and forget that they started off as a couple.
When the kids leave, the parents don't know how to become a "couple" again.

We've been married a LONG time-over 30 years- and I can honestly say, that it took a lot of work to keep our couple relationship a priority. 
Kids take time and energy and while we love them to death, the priority was me and the hubby....most of the time💑.

After all, when the kids go....we are left with only each other. 

"Grey divorce" as it's called, has skyrocketed and it's believed to be, in part, because couples have been so busy raising kids, they forget to nurture their couple relationship.
"The phrase "Gray Divorce" refers to divorces involving spouses over the age of 50, and who are typically members of the Baby Boomer generation. While the overall divorce rate has declined over the past 20 years, it has doubled for the segment of the population over age 50. This trend of older divorces has been coined Gray Divorce." 

So keep cultivating your life as a couple in ALL stages.

With that in mind, here are a few traditions you might consider starting.
Even if you've not started empty nest holidays, these are fun, easy, and something any couple can enjoy.

9 Empty Nest Holiday Traditions for the "New" Couple

Password is: newtradition

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