Guests have retired to bedrooms or left. Kids have succumbed to exhaustion, worn out from the adrenalin-fueled hours of the day. You and your sweetheart have spent an hour washing and drying dishes, cleaning and wiping off tables and counters, picking up ripped paper and pieces of gifts.
It’s finally calm. You feel quiet exhaustion as the two for you collapse into the sofa – too wound up to sleep and too worn out to move.
In this moment of drained emotions, you feel intimacy like fellow warriors who weathered the onslaught of invaders and prevailed.
You survived the holiday – together.
As drained emotions and intimacy merge, you have an opportunity for creating a Romantic Interlude to memorialize this magic afterglow.
Before things crank up, when you start planning for a holiday party, a family gathering, a celebration of this or that gathering you and your sweetheart will host, discreetly plan for the moment when peaceful exhaustion arrives.
- Find a card, pen a poem or write a note letting your sweetheart know you’re glad you were in it together.
- Get a small gift centered on the reason for the gathering.
- Share photos the two of you took in the midst of all the ruckus.
The goal is to celebrate you, plural.
Celebrate your relationship leading up to this moment. Let you sweetheart know you’re happy you shared the chaos of the day and there’s no one else you’d rather be with at this moment.
As you sit in front of the fireplace, swing on the porch swing or quietly sharing a beverage at the table, pause and enjoy the gentle release which follows the frenetic pace of the previous hours. Reflect on your relationship together.
It can be a silent, magical moment.
Silent Night. Holy Night.
All is calm. All is bright.
Robert, a hopeless romantic
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