Anniversary celebrations —we LOVE them! That’s especially true this time of year because we just celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary. We can hardly believe that 47 years ago we were two (VERY) naïve young people walking down the aisle to say, “I do.” And now, as we look back we realize how we didn’t have a clue as to all we were promising each other and God. But thanks to God (literally) we’re still keeping true to the vows we made. It has been a wild ride—sometimes good, sometimes bad. But we’re so glad we never gave up on each other.
We totally agree with the following thought written by Shelley Emling:
“I believe celebrating one’s anniversary must never be overlooked, as it reinforces the fact that your marriage is a priority. An anniversary celebration also allows you to pull back from your daily grind and relive a moment that changed your life forever. My mother always used to say that anyone can pull out all the stops on their wedding day. But when a couple makes it to 10 or 20 or 60 years of marriage, now that’s something that really needs celebrating.” (From the Huffington Post article, The Importance Of Wedding Anniversary Celebrations”)
That’s how we feel. We have a lot to celebrate. We can honestly say that we have never loved each other more. It wasn’t always that way. We have fallen in and out of love (or “like”) so many times over the years. But even the “bad” times, as we weathered through them, have taught us how to truly love each other all the more.
So, on the heels of our anniversary, we’re passing on some celebration tips we have learned. We love the idea given by Lois Daniel Skipworth (from the Huffington article):
“On Dec. 19 it will be 45 wonderful years. We usually go eat at a good Chinese restaurant. My husband is retired with chemical depression and we just enjoy thanking God for what he has done for him. He doesn’t like to get out. So we will probably eat and get back to our side-by-side recliners. Sometimes we talk to each other without ever saying a word. God gave me the best.”
We all celebrate our anniversaries in different ways. Thanking God is always a good idea. Even when we’ve experienced extreme difficulties there is always something we can be thankful for as we look to God. Even in times of tribulations we can see God at work if we look deep enough.
Here’s a tip, that is given by Sheri Stritof, for celebrating anniversaries. She suggests you:
“Plant a tree together. You can plant one in your yard or at a park, school, or church.
- An oak tree represents solidity.
- A pine tree represents the evergreen character of your love for one another.
- A flaming red maple represents the flaming passion you have for each other.
- And a flowering crab tree represents love eternal.”
How fun it would be to look back at the trees you’ve planted over the years. We would be looking at 47 trees! That’s like planting a mini forest.
More Tips for Anniversary Celebrations
And then here’s another tip given by Sheri Stritof (given in another article) that you may want to consider using:
“Try making a ‘time capsule’ with facts, clippings, pictures, songs and memories from the day or year you were married and the day or year of your anniversary.”
You can even take that idea a step further. Cheryl McKay Price (in a Pinterest posting) recommends taking “one photo every anniversary.” You can then put them into a special photo box designated for anniversaries. That would be great for your children to view some day.
And then D Greetings give the following anniversary celebration idea:
“Go for some adventurous trip. If you and your [marriage] partner is adventurous enough then You can spend your day together at places organizing adventurous sports. These can include hot air balloons or Para gliding. Both of you can ride together and feel the pleasure of soaring high in the sky holding your partner closer.”
The Daily Gazette adds a few more ideas: You “can go hiking, zip lining, whitewater rafting, and scuba diving. Visit volcanoes, canyons, forests, or mountains for a great outdoors experience!”
Some couples would thoroughly enjoy doing one or more of these adventures. They might even plan something that’s on their “bucket list” of things to do within their lifetime. Just make sure it’s something you both enjoy doing TOGETHER. That’s the idea behind anniversary celebrations! You’re both celebrating together.
Creative Anniversary Celebrations
WikiHow recommends taking a “creative approach” as you celebrate your anniversary. Here is one of their tips (from their article, “How to Celebrate Wedding Anniversaries” —featuring this Daily Gazette idea):
“Learn something new together. Married life can sometimes fall into a routine. And even if you love your daily routine, you might notice you don’t learn new things or try new experiences. Take a class with your spouse to break that bubble. Bring new life and fresh air into your life! Classes you could take include:
- A beginner language class in a language you’ve always wanted to learn
- A sailing or surfing class together
- A pottery-making class
- A dance class, like swing or salsa
- A cooking or baking class.”
What’s great about this idea is that it extends the celebration beyond the one date into many!
As far as anniversary celebrations, Carlie Kercheval, who notes that she “is a happily married,” gives a lot of ideas you can use. These are not expensive, but they sure are good ones! Who says you have to put a lot of money into celebrating? We’ll take you right to the Happy Wives Club web site so you can read:
Plus, The Dating Divas give you even more, and more and more (and all with a theme):
Additional Tips for Your Anniversary Celebrations:
Beyond those tips, here’s another idea to commemorate your anniversary:
“Treat yourself. If you two have been having an extra busy year, make this date a special time where you both can choose an activity that will give you some much needed relaxation time, while spending the day together. Book a couples’ massage. Take each other shopping, or order delivery food while you pop in your favorite movie. Whatever your definition of treating yourself is, plan this time to unwind together.” (From the Bridebox.com article, “7 Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary”)
This leads us to another idea for anniversary celebrations that Lauren Thomas recommends:
“Recreate an Old Photo of When You First Started Dating. A lot of siblings have been recreating childhood photos on the Internet. Some of the results are pretty hilarious. This take on that idea is meant to be less humorous and more romantic. Photographs can be extremely intimate. And some early relationship photographs are sure to have some spark that may have dimmed a little. Snuggle, get close and try to recreate that moment from when you were newly dating. If you don’t have many photographs from that time, make a new one. If you hate photographs, consider writing each other love letters instead. (From the article, “10 Ideas for a Memorable Anniversary Celebration”)
Lauren gives the advice that one way to celebrate anniversaries (at least some of them) is to “Do Absolutely Nothing Together.” And that’s what we did. We’ve celebrated anniversaries in so many ways. But our recent favorite is just to BE together. This includes no work—to just relax, laugh, and play together.
We started the morning in each other’s arms, praying to God—thanking Him and asking for His continued blessing for the rest of our lives together. And then we kept it light from there. It was a great day! 47 years spent loving, and living with each other as husband and wife is a great anniversary to celebrate, even in a quiet way.
Lauren gives this tip:
“Sometimes couples need a chance to unplug from the outside world and spend time together. Turn off your phones and computers. Just spend an entire morning and afternoon playing games, watching movies, cooking, etc. Keep it light; the more laughter, the better.”
And that’s what we did! We hope you get to this wonderful place in your marriage too. It’s wonderful!
Finally, here’s one last slant on anniversary celebrations. We actually wrote it last year. But it’s still relevant… and something you might consider:
In closing, we hope all of this is inspiring to you as you look to your anniversary. Also, if you have any anniversary celebration tips, please post them below. We absolutely love it when others give tips beyond the ones we, and others give.
Whatever you do… make sure you celebrate your love for one another. As we are told in John 13:35, Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Cindy and Steve Wright
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