So you and your mate have decided to just lay low for Christmas this year. No family, no friends, just 48 hours of pure yuletide bliss.
Things to do/prep leading up to Christmas Eve…
1. Decorate your tree with couple-y ornaments.
Try putting your initials on stuff, hanging photos, or painting ornaments with your faces on them. Yes, this is borderline cheesy. But guess what? NO ONE’S GONNA SEE IT BUT YOU.
2. Integrate your individual Christmas playlists into one.
Alternate songs and everyone’s happy.
3. Wrap yourself up in twinkle lights and take a photo.
Because this is a thing, apparently. I don’t know.
4. Stock up on booze.
Obviously. But in addition to a couple bottles of wine, why not get the fixings for a festive cocktail? Dying to try this Al Capone Cocktail. Get the recipe here.
5. Since it’s just you two, try a fancy-schmancy appetizer like caviar blinis. These are a bitch to make for a crowd.
Here’s a recipe for the blinis — you can half it.
6. You could also indulge in some foie gras, which might otherwise be too expensive to provide for a party.
Serve a slice of foie gras on a piece of toast. You can also choose to garnish it with fleur de sel and fresh pepper, or a dollop of fig or quince jam. (Controversial, yes. Eat it, don’t eat it. It’s a free country.)
7. Here’s another easy appetizer (or morning snack) that you can make in two perfect portions.
This super easy dish is virtually impossible to mess up. Crack an egg into individual baking dishes or ramekins, add a bit of heavy cream or crème fraîche, salt, and pepper. (You can also add little bits of foie gras.) Bake uncovered at 400° for 6-8 minutes (depending on how runny you like your eggs). Serve with a parsley garnish, or add a small toast point to go with.
8. Instead of roasting a huge bird (and eventually trashing the leftovers), try a much smaller (but delicious) Cornish Game Hen.
Get the recipe for these cranberry-stuffed Cornish Game Hens here.
9. Here’s the perfect recipe for a double serving of mashed potatoes.
All you need is two potatoes. Just two. Get the recipe here.
10. Instead of making a whole pie (which you will inevitably eat all of), make a couple mini-pies in a muffin tin.
Try this delicious recipe for mini apple pies.
11. Queue up a selection of romantic Christmas movies.
Some suggestions: Love Actually (2003), The Holiday (2006), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Holiday Inn (1942), Christmas in Connecticut (1945), White Christmas (1954), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
12. Relax in a romantic bath filled with Christmas-y aromas.
How about trying a homemade rosemary juniper salt scrub? Get the directions here.
On Christmas Day…
15. Get up and put on some matching PJs.
OK. This step optional. But again: ain’t nobody watching.
16. Take a walk in the crisp, Christmas air with one of these hand-holding mittens.
$35 for the set at smittenz.biz.
17. Cuddle up and listen to the audio version of David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries.
Because there’s no way you could get through this without interruption at your family’s house. Ahhh…peace.
19. Scrabble: yesssssss. (And other board games for two.)
Jenga? Monopoly? Twister? Cards? A puzzle?