How to Create Holiday Traditions with Your New Spouse

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By guest blogger Natasha Burton

If you’re newly married like I am, this holiday season is extra special: It’s the first one you’ll be spending with your significant other as husband and wife.

Sure, it may not feel different if you’ve been together many years and have spent a number of holidays with each of your families, but this year marks the first time you’ll start making decisions as your own new little family. For some, what you decide to do this season could set the tone for how you’ll enjoy the holidays for many more to come.

Here are some tips to get you started on creating some new traditions—and incorporating a few of your old ones— with your new spouse.

1. Talk about your musts.

You each likely have some strong opinions about what constitutes the holidays for you. Perhaps your spouse enjoys doing absolutely nothing on Christmas Day, while you can’t imagine not baking cookies, going sledding, and making a full-scale meal. Maybe you have to have ham, while he can’t live without turkey. These may seem like small things, but it’s important to talk about what your ideal holiday looks like for you to see if you both are on a similar page (or opposite ones!), especially if you typically spent the holidays with your respective parents pre-marriage.

2. Borrow from your families.

Pick the best and most beloved holiday traditions to incorporate into your new life together. Maybe his mom has a special latke recipe he loves. Maybe your family always watches Elf on Christmas Eve. Give these childhood rituals new life in your marriage.
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Also, you’ll want to ditch the rituals that never worked for you. Does the idea of having to put up—and decorate—a Christmas tree give you anxiety? Nix it. Prefer to give one big present rather than do eight whole nights of small Hanukkah gifts? Go for it. Now is your chance to switch things up, if you so choose.

3. Try something new.

Use this holiday season as an opportunity to test-drive certain activities that could become traditions. Maybe go ice-skating on Christmas Eve, or go on a mini vacation for New Year’s. You’ll find what feels festive to you by trying it first.

4. Allow yourself to spend the holidays alone.

If you ever have an excuse to spend the holidays without having to schlep to your families’ houses, it’s this year: You’re newlyweds, after all! Take this year to opt out of driving and flying home, if you’d like, to enjoy the holidays as a family of two. This will give you a chance to actually try out some new traditions and will show you what you really miss about your families’ celebrations. You may think you can’t live without your Aunt Mary’s sugar cookies or the rambunctious family gift-exchange, but discover that you actually prefer making homemade gingerbread houses and quietly opening stockings with your husband instead.

5. Stay flexible.

Just because you do something one year, that doesn’t mean you’ve set a tradition in stone. Maybe it’s not possible for you to spend the holidays just you two this time around. Maybe you even have to split up over the holidays to see your parents and extended family. That’s okay. However, and whenever, you celebrate will be right for you as long as you’re staying true to what you think is best for you and your marriage. New traditions take time to take shape so be patient and focus on enjoying the moment, not having every last piece of tinsel in place right away.

Natasha Burton is a relationship author, freelance writer and wedding planner.

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Robbins Brothers Ring Experts Wear Custom Engagement Rings

Being at Robbins Brothers, THE Engagement Ring Store, we come across a lot of rings! Different styles, diamonds, gems, metals… you name it, we’ve seen it! So, we thought it would be interesting to show what the ring experts wear. What I’ve found: Collectively, a lot of Robbins Brothers ring experts wear custom engagement rings! Each of our stores has a master jeweler, who can create your dream engagement ring. Here is a small sampling of the unique rings that have been created at Robbins Brothers, worn by our staff!

Shaina – Distribution Clerk

Shaina Engagement Ring

I work in the Merchandising department and stare at engagement rings all day (I know, poor me). Diamonds started to feel like work to me and whenever I would see a colored stone come across my desk I would be fascinated. When we got what would be my engagement ring in I couldn’t stop staring at the stone, an Alexandrite. The color seemed to change depending on the light. I love how dainty and out of the ordinary it is.

Casey – IT Director

Casey Citrine Engagement Ring

This isn’t my engagement ring, but this is a custom ring that I had specially designed by one of our jewelers. This is a checkerboard cushion cut Citrine, set in 18k yellow gold with fancy yellow diamonds for the surrounding halo and a platinum band.

Toni – Sales Associate

Toni Engagement Ring

I always thought I wanted a round center stone until I won a 3stone oval ring one Holiday Season. I wore it as my “right-hand ring” for years and really grew to love the shape of an oval diamond.

When it was time to choose my engagement ring, I chose oval as the center stone (even though I do love a classic round). I knew that I liked shared prong side diamonds because of its classic timeless style. I loved the idea of a simple look from the aerial view with a unique center stone.  In one of our designer’s (Simon G.) colored stone collection, I noticed that he set his oval center stones “East to West.” I also liked the idea of some added interest on the profile view of the ring. I fell in love with the crown-like prongs that were on a Coast designer solitaire. We asked Coast Diamond to custom make my ring incorporating all of the things I liked… It was a success, and I love my ring.

Brandy – Visual Merchandising Coordinator

Brandy Paparaja Engagement Ring

I chose to design my Engagement ring. I liked the idea of my ring being unique and designing it myself means I’m not limited to the styles that are currently available. And since I plan to wear this ring for a lifetime I wanted to make sure it was something I felt comfortable with. Being a Visual girl, I love color and knew I wanted a sapphire (It’s covered under our warranty) but there were so many choices in color, I went with a Chatham Padparadscha Sapphire. Visual Merchandising can put your hands through the ringer so I knew a full bezel would give me peace of mind knowing that my center stone would not fall out if I accidentally bang into something. I love, love, love my ring! Designed by Me!

Shulie – Marketing Communications Specialist


I always wanted my engagement ring to have an environmentally responsible diamond, so the choice was easy since Robbins Brothers provides lab-grown diamonds, the E3 diamond. For the ring setting, I really wanted the idea of the engagement ring and a straight wedding band fitting perfectly. I decided to have my ring custom made in 18K rose gold, with prongs styled almost like a crown and a slight knife-edge shank. Since I got a solitaire setting, I figured a little extra sparkle for the wedding band wouldn’t hurt. The wedding band is also gorgeous when worn alone!

Michelle – Customer Experience ManagerMichelle Engagement Ring

My engagement ring is classic but modern, just like me. The ring is set in 14k white gold so my mother’s 1.68 carat diamond always look brilliant with the Rhodium dip but the diamond is protected with a platinum hand woven basket. On my wedding day, I found out this diamond actually belongs to my great grandmother. This makes it so much more special to me. I’m now part of a long tradition with the women in my family.

If you have a custom ring from Robbins Brothers, show us in the comments and be sure to tag #RockYourRing!!

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Sparkly Simon G. Trunk Shows!


Come see the latest engagement rings, wedding bands and fashion jewelry from designer extraordinaire Simon G. at one of our upcoming Trunk Shows. ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle!!

Special Holiday Financing Available (call store associate for details)

Fri Dec. 5 11a-8p & Sat Dec. 6 11a-7p | Riverside, CA | 951.785.9064
Fri Dec. 12 10a-8p & Sat Dec. 13 11a-7p | Dallas, TX | 972.385.0614
Fri Dec. 19 10a-8p & Sat Dec. 20 11a-7p | Torrance, CA | 310.540.5659


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Henri Daussi Holiday Trunk Shows at Robbins Brothers


Every Henri Daussi ring is one of a kind and part of a unique European collection. Please join us at one of our stores for an exclusive trunk show to try on the designer’s beautiful engagement rings and wedding bands.

Appointments are highly suggested.

Fri Dec. 5 11a-7p | Seattle, WA | 206.826.7464
Sat Dec. 6 6 10a-7p | Bellevue, WA | 425.635.7464
Fri Dec. 12 10a-8p & Sat Dec. 13 11a-7p | Fullerton, CA | 714.871.5000
Sun Dec. 14 11a-6p | Torrance, CA | 310.540.5659
Fri Dec. 19 10a-8p & Sat Dec. 20 11a-7p | Dallas, TX | 972.385.0614


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6 Nerd Rings to Express Your Love

By guest blogger Shaina Woodcock, Robbins Brothers Merchandise Distribution Clerk


There are things you are passionate about. What better way to take your passions with you as an expression of your love than in the form of a ring? If you are inspired by your favorite things then let these rings inspire your love.

-In the interest of full disclosure, there will be shameless references peppered throughout this article with no apologies.

The Legend of Zelda nerd

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” Express your love of Hyrule wherever you go with this ring for him or her. The engraving in the classic Nintendo NES font really pulls it all together.

Nature nerd
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
Stuck in the concrete jungle but love trees? Take a bit of nature with you wherever your adventures lead with this ring from Lashbrook. With laser etching of birch trees you are never far away from a forest escape. (Sku 0399567) (Sku 0399567)

Space nerd
Ordinary metal is so boring. Your ring needs to be extraordinary with a hint of extraterrestrial. This band is inlayed with meteorite and comes in many different styles to satisfy your naked finger needs. (sku 0399563) (sku 0399563)

Dr. Who nerd
Don’t blink or you’ll miss this TARDIS ring inspired by Dr. Who. With subtle cutouts representing the police call box and cleverly set diamonds you’ll be ready to face all of time and space with your Time Lord by your side.

Gamer nerd
Is the Playstation your favorite console? Show your dedication to the system and your lady with this custom engagement ring. The colored stones really make this piece, don’t you think?

Indiana Jones nerd
Sure, Indiana Jones wooed his share of women, but this would be his choice, should he settle down (I’m choosing to ignore the ending of The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). With the shank made to look like a coiled whip and the yellow diamond representing the idol, this ring belongs in a museum.

It doesn’t matter what you are passionate about, Robbins Brothers can make your ring dreams a reality. If you saw anything you liked, come into our store and we can custom make a ring worthy of your devotion.

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