Eric and I recently celebrated another anniversary! On our first anniversary we started the tradition of giving each other the traditional anniversary gifts. Okay, so maybe this was more Eric’s idea than mine, but we have both enjoyed it! ~smile~
For our first anniversary, Eric gave me movie tickets and a magazine subscription to follow the tradition of giving a paper gift on the first anniversary. This works out nicely since most couple can’t afford elaborate gifts during their first year of marriage.
For our second anniversary (cotton), Eric got me a cotton blanket embroidered with our names, a heart, and our wedding date (see the picture above!).
For our third anniversary (leather), I got Eric a leather journal where he could jot down his thousands of ideas as they came flooding into his mind.
For our fourth anniversary (fruit or flowers), Eric got me both by giving me an Edible Arrangements basket and they were incredibly beautiful… and yummy!
For our fifth anniversary (wood), Eric gave me a beautiful wreath made by one of his talented coworkers! The wreath had roses, heather, and baby’s breath which were the flowers he gave me when he proposed. ~smile~
I’ll spare you the entire list of all the years, but I wanted to share a little bit about how we’ve incorporated tradition into our anniversaries while still keeping them personal to us. If you are not interested in keeping with readymade traditions, I would still encourage you to find fun ways to celebrate your milestones.
Eric and I officially became more than friends on June 11th and a year later we married on June 11th (which is also my dad’s birthday). For the first year or so of marriage, we would go to our favorite restaurant each month on the 11th. It was a fun way to celebrate each month together as newlyweds.
If you are currently in a relationship, have you celebrated any milestones yet? I’ve heard of some couples that go crazy on the celebrations and other couples that rarely celebrate anything. You don’t have to go all out if that’s not your personality, but create some ways to make each new milestone / transition special.
As I’ve said before in other blogs, life will happen after you get married. It is so important to have dates, traditions, and celebrations to look forward to in the near future. Knowing good times are coming help us get through the not so fun times in our lives.
What special ways have you and your sweetheart celebrated milestones in your relationship?