Want to make some mistletoe magic this year? Check out these tried-and-true tips from experts, celebrities and happily coupled iVillagers from every part of the country!
1. Hit the road: "Right after a family Thanksgiving dinner, my husband and I head for the ocean, where we and six other couples have RV spaces reserved for the whole weekend. Part of the time it's just me and my hubby of 27 years, but a lot of the time we spend with the crew -- playing games, telling stories and having a blast. By the time I go back to work on Monday, I am rejuvenated and ready to get in the Christmas spirit."
2. Focus on food: "We're planning our Thanksgiving around my husband's cooking a turkey in his charcoal smoker, with friends and family on hand to sample his handiwork."
3. Express thanks: "On Thanksgiving, thank each other for the gifts (material and nonmaterial) you have given each other over the past year."
4. Dance by candlelight: "I'll be staying home and celebrating with my husband and children this New Year's. We'll pop some popcorn and watch a family movie, and then, when the kids go to bed, we'll put on some music and dance by candlelight."
5. Dream: "Give yourself a gift as a couple. Take five minutes each to tell each other your dreams, hopes and desires. Then do a third round, making up some fun and wonderful new dreams to do as a couple. Then schedule some of them.
6. Strip down: "My husband and I are moving just a few days before Christmas, which definitely puts a damper on any plans for big parties with lots of friends. But we both decided that will be fine. It's our first New Year's Eve as a married couple, and I can't think of any better way to ring in the new year than with a plate of shrimp, a glass of champagne and my sweetheart in his boxers."
7. Change the celebration date: "In order to enable our adult children to spend time with their spouses' families, we let them go to their in-laws' on Thanksgiving, and then we celebrate as a family a week later. Meanwhile, my husband and I take a mini vacation to Mexico -- time alone we really enjoy. Works great!"
8.Get a baby-sitter: "My mother is watching my baby boy for three days so that my boyfriend and I can spend a little time alone. We're going to Las Vegas for New Year's. There is nothing more romantic than standing in the middle of the Vegas strip with a million little lights sparkling around you and everyone singing in the new year."
9. Steal away: "If you and your partner will be attending lots of parties, create a subtle signal and use it mid-party when you want to steal a few minutes of time for just the two of you. Duck into the kitchen or a quiet corner and ... connect."
10. Pretend you're in Hollywood: "I'm going to enjoy a formal, private, candlelit dinner at home with my fiancé, then have a champagne toast in the bathtub at midnight."
11. Make your house more romantic: "Go away to a bed and breakfast or turn your home into one -- make your environment cozy, homey and romantic with candles, potpourri, breakfast in bed and so on."
12. Unplug: "My plan for a pleasant New Year's Eve with my honey is to build a fire in the fireplace, open a bottle of wine, enjoy homemade food, disconnect the telephone and turn off the pagers and cell phones."
13 Fall in love again: "Approach each day during the holidays as if it's the first day of your relationship. Many times we take our partners for granted; we forget to pay attention to our partner's thoughts, ideas and moves. If you look at your partner the way you did when you first fell in love, it will keep the relationship fresh and alive, and will also create more interest."
14. Have sex: "Sex is a wonderful way to reduce stress and build togetherness. But don't force it; making sex a 'have to' will only increase your stress level."
15. Overcome obstacles: "My husband is the security chief of a shopping mall, so he has to work on New Year's. I am planning to put on my best dress, pack a picnic dinner and spend the night with him and his staff."
16. Be grateful: "My husband and I are just coming to the end of a very difficult phase in our relationship. I think the best thing we can do this holiday season is to surround ourselves with the people we love the most and be grateful that it's a new year."
17. Shop for sexy stuff: "Fill each other's stockings with sex-related gifts, such as IOUs for sexual favors. You can even buy books filled with them."
18. Keep it simple: "My husband and I like screaming, 'Happy New Year!' in our pajamas, and then being able to quickly go to bed."
19. Throw a family fete: "The best holiday party we ever had was when we invited over a few couples with kids the same ages as ours, rented movies, played card and board games, ate pork roast, hot dogs, sauerkraut and dumplings and drank sparkling cider. Everyone slept over, and the next morning, we all had breakfast together. Everyone pitched in. It was like a big slumber party."
20. Enjoy nature: "My boyfriend and I are big nature lovers. The best thing we'll do this holiday season is to get bundled up and go for a long walk in the woods on my parents' farm. The winter landscape is so tranquil -- just perfect"
21. Celebrate early: "Open a few of your smaller presents to each other a day or two before Christmas -- it can really help to put you in the holiday spirit."
22. Grab your guy: "As long as I am with the man I love over the holidays, whatever we do will be all right."
23. Decorate a deux: "To celebrate Christmas, my significant other and I go to Wal-Mart and buy decorations, play Christmas music, drink eggnog and snuggle by the light of the tree. It's a great feeling."
23. Skip the gifts: "Holidays are for loving, not gifts. They're about spending time with the ones you love."
24. Be a secret Santa: "Every year, I send my husband anonymous presents in the mail. He's pretty sure it's me, but he's never caught me in the act and until he does, it's my little secret. It totally cracks me up!"
25. Give yourself: "As often as I can between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I set time aside to go and just be with someone I love. Sometimes it's to help them with a chore, but just as often I spend the time totally focused on them, with no goal in mind. It's astonishing the feeling of closeness this brings."
26. Skip overspending: "I have found that my best New Year's Eve celebrations have been staying home with my honey and keeping my money."
27. Kill two birds with one stone: "My husband and I are combining a family reunion in Florida with a well-deserved and much-needed vacation."
28. Toast each other: "Once all the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking and running around is done, I can't wait to sit back in my own home with my husband and toast us."
29. Keep it light: "The holidays can be pretty stressful, so I do everything I can to make things fun for my boyfriend -- tickle him, say silly things, basically find the humor in every situation."
30. Light a fire: "My husband and I are not partygoers. We plan to spend this New Year's Eve the same way we do every year: together. We build a fire in the fireplace, spread a blanket in front of it and drink hot chocolate. We always kiss and cuddle at midnight and wish each other a wonderful new year."
31. Be realistic: "It can be dangerous to think that the holiday season will be terribly different from regular life. If you and your partner fight, you will still fight. Everyday stresses and problems aren't going to disappear. Knowing this ahead of time can help you enjoy the holidays and not be disappointed."
32. Reconnect with words: "With all the social and family events, couples may find themselves drifting apart during the holidays. Writing daily love notes to each other can help you to reconnect. One easy way to do this is to buy a set of magnet letters and words and put them on your refrigerator."
33. Be productive: "Last year we spent New Year's Eve painting our kitchen cupboards. It may not have been especially exciting and romantic, but it was our first New Year's together, and we had fun. That's what counts, right? That, and being together."
34. Shut yourselves in: "To celebrate the end of my relationship with a very controlling man and the beginning of a new romance with a wonderful man, he and I are taking a five-day cruise. We were lucky to book it early enough so it is affordable. Just spending time alone together is something we both cherish, since he travels most of the time for his job. Being confined to a ship for five days together is going to be absolutely wonderful."
35. Have a B&B blast: "My husband and I are going to snuggle up with our four-year-old son at a bed and breakfast in New England."
36. Ditch your relatives: "Christmas will be me and my husband's first holiday together -- I just got out of the military in August. We plan to spend it by ourselves. No family, just us. We've been married for almost two years, and we will finally be together."
37. Pamper each other: "The holidays are the perfect time for pampering. For example, learn how to give each other sensual massages (there are some great instructional videos available). It will enhance your effectiveness sexually."
38. Make your own fireworks: "Even though my husband and I have been together for several years, spending our anniversary (December 31) at home together still makes for a great fireworks show."
39. Take it easy: "Buy fun, festive, holiday pajamas and spend a whole Sunday together in bed."
40. Create quiet couple time: "After spending both Thanksgiving and Christmas with family, I like the idea of turning on the TV on New Year's, watching the ball drop and receiving my New Year's kiss at home in my fuzzy robe."
41. Get away: "When my husband and I were married, our honeymoon trip to Hawaii was canceled because of an airline strike. This year, we're finally going on our honeymoon. My beloved just surprised me with tickets to fly to Hawaii on December 27 to celebrate the beginning of a new year. On New Year's, at the stroke of midnight, I plan to be on the beach, walking hand in hand with my sweetie."
42. Appreciate what you have: "Even though we are going through hard financial times right now, I am so happy that I have my husband for the holidays. Last May I almost lost him to a diabetic attack. Life is wonderful."
43. Share gifts in private: "Instead of opening our gifts to each other in front of all our friends and family, we like to find at least a few minutes away from the crowd to open our gifts alone."
44. Spend quality family time: "This holiday season, I'll be enjoying my first Christmas in my house in Pennsylvania with my husband, baby daughter and family."
45. Give the gift of time: "The best present in today's crazy world is time. Make sure you take time for each other during the busy holiday season. Ask family or friends to take care of the kids, and spend two or three hours alone, doing something you both enjoy."
46. Have faith: "My husband and I do not want to go out into all the New Year's madness. We will be spending the evening in church, then heading home for a nice, quiet evening, just the two of us."
47. Be safe: "For New Year's, my husband and I will be at home, snuggled on the couch, watching a good movie and just enjoying each other's company. Chances are we won't even be awake at midnight, but we don't mind. We'll still be grateful to have each other when we wake up in the morning to welcome in the new year. We figure it's safer to stay home anyway. Just one drunk driver on the road is too many for us."
48. Watch the sun rise: "On New Year's, we will go up to our roof at around five in the morning and wait for the sun to rise. That way, we will be greeting the new year."
49. Play games: "My husband and I are having a few friends over for New Year's. Those who do not live close to our home are spending the night. We are going to play music from each decade and games such as Trivial Pursuit."
50. Act like newlyweds: "I got married six months ago, so I would like to spend some time alone with my new hubby this Christmas. Just the two of us spending the whole day together sounds like a great treat to me."