A healthy relationship requires investment from both parties, and Christmas time is the ideal occasion to do so. Why? Because Christmas time marks the end of another year, so make sure this year ends on a beautiful note so you can enter the New Year together filled with greater love and hope.

They say your wedding day is the happiest day of your life.

With a 42% chance of your marriage ending in divorce, it seems like it could be true. Why is it relationships get harder over the years? Do we grow bored with our partners? Are we simply distracted by all of the other elements of our lives?

Whatever it may be, one thing is for certain; celebrating the relationship you have is always a good idea.

Whether you're still in the honeymoon phase, feel distant from your partner, or have maintained that spark through the years, here are some great ways to continue to invest in your relationship to make this Christmas season an extra special time.

1. Spend Some Romantic Nights In

Are you a bit strapped for cash? This will probably be your best bet.

In the lead up to Christmas Day and beyond, the possibilities are endless here, but here are a few suggestions:

Electronics free zone

The digital age is upon us, and while we love our smartphones, they can be a huge distraction (not to mention a huge stressor).

When you are together, why not get rid of outside distraction and use every opportunity to devote your attention to your partner?

Leave your devices at the door, or at least turn them on "do not disturb."

Don't share your relationship with the world, only share it with your partner. Then when Christmas Day comes and you find yourselves surrounded by many relatives and friends, you will feel an extra special bond with your partner who you have spent some special time with in the lead up.

Make a meal together

Not only will this save you a great deal of money, it can be a great way to spend time together. Jam out in the kitchen to some of the songs which have defined your relationship, while you prepare a meal together.

Better yet, what if you made each other's favorite dish and served it to each other?

Rapid fire round

- Play board games you both like

- Play romantic games...;)

- Watch your wedding video or a film with great significance to your relationship.

- Do something creative together; crafts, music, fine art, etc.

2. Try Something Fresh

If you feel like your life and relationship have become routine, then this may be the best way to spice up the Christmas season.

Make this Christmas occasion one that neither of you will ever forget by experiencing something new together. Find something within your price range both of you have always wanted to do, but never did.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Skydiving
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Try white water rafting
  • Go spelunking or cave diving
  • Take a dance class together
  • Check out a local amusement park
  • Grab tickets to a band or artist you've never seen in concert
  • Scuba diving or snorkelling

3. Have a Relationship Adventure

Another great way to shake up the routine is by taking your partner on a relationship adventure into the great outdoors. There are a variety of options for all levels of outdoor lovers here from the casual fan to the veteran enthusiast.

Camping trip

Perhaps for the more ardent outdoor buff, you can escape from the day to day into the beauty of nature. The amount of time and intensity of circumstances is up to your own personal preferences.

Bring a shelter, bring some wood, and cook some marshmallows while you reminisce over a campfire.

Hike somewhere beautiful

Hiking can sound like a scary word; really it can simply mean walking on a nature trail. You don't need to be Bear Grylls to enjoy hiking, you only need to enjoy spending hours talking to someone while you walk around.

Why not pick a spot on the trail you think is beautiful and prepare a picnic for the two of you to share there.

Even more romantic? Prepare the picnic there ahead of time, and pray to God nothing wrecks it. It's the thought that counts, right?

Go on a road trip

What if you planned a road trip adventure and didn't tell your partner where you were taking them?

This would obviously take a great deal of planning on your part, and a more significant amount of time off (though you could do something similar over a weekend). If you partner loves surprises and being spontaneous, this could be a perfect way to make them feel special during the Christmas season.

Rent a cabin

Do you love the outdoors, but hate camping? Renting a cabin in the woods could be a great middle ground. You get the isolation of camping without as many of the sacrifices in comfort.

4. Have a Second Honeymoon

Why settle for something small? If you can afford it, spend a weekend somewhere exotic (or at least foreign).

Visit a vineyard in Italy, ski on the Alps, swim in a fjord in Norway, give Mickey and Minnie a hug in Disney World, or even rent a room at a bed and breakfast in Ireland. The world is your oyster and possibilities are endless.

5. Something Uniquely You

None of these ideas working for you? Think back on the meaningful events of your relationship. Are there some moments you could recreate or relive? Here are a few suggestions to jog your memory:

  • Recreate your first date
  • Return to the spot of your proposal
  • Revisit the spot you had your first kiss

If your partner is the sentimental type, doing an activity which is unique to your relationship might be just the thing they need to feel loved.

For Years to Come

The point here is to create activities which will celebrate what has passed and to enjoy what you have now.

The Christmas season is the perfect time to invest in your relationship, because we all know that Christmas time marks the end of another year.

Therefore if you end the year with some high quality time together, you will enter the New Year feeling more bonded to your partner.

You know your partner better than anyone, and know what will make them feel special and loved. What are you waiting for? Make this Christmas season one neither of you will quickly forget by trying one of these exciting options.

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you!