10 Ways to Celebrate Long Term Love

Updated on April 22, 2018
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As a nationally certified and licensed professional counselor, Janis helps her clients resolve relationship conflicts and trust issues.

Everlasting Love on the Horizon

Couples strive for lasting love that grows with each milestone their union brings.
Couples strive for lasting love that grows with each milestone their union brings. | Source

A Love That Lasts Over Time

Beyond the expectation of the annual holiday gifts of jewelry, chocolates, and sexy lingerie, couples look forward to the long term, everlasting love that a seasoned relationship brings.

Of course, it's always a treat to receive a fresh bouquet of red roses. But after a while, two people in love realize that over time, they've endured the significant events that matter to the growth of their union and the real victories of togetherness. As years pass, they come to value the small romantic gestures in their everyday partnership, serving as the glue that has kept them together for so long.

Couples in mature relationships overcome many crises and bumps in the road of life, bringing their journey of love to a special place of understanding. The anticipation of extravagant gifts for birthdays, Valentine's Day and Christmas, begin to wane in comparison to the bonds of love and intimacy that build over time. After years of wedded bliss, the couple comes to appreciate a pizza and a nice bottle of wine to celebrate their love and deeper connection to each other.

The poem below depicts the deeper, spiritual connection two people share which happens when the long term investment is made in their relationship.

Couples In Love Share Good Laughs

Shared moments of love become sacred and are cherished forever.
Shared moments of love become sacred and are cherished forever. | Source

Celebrating Mature Love

"Little Did I Know"


As time passes, existing love grows

A love based in spirit expands beyond imagination

Love sprouts from a solid foundation

Only intensifies, becomes stronger

How could I have known this truth?

No teacher, nor book could have prepared


Few words to can express

This grandeur of love

Every year, the ups and downs, come and go

Survive a crisis, celebrate a milestone

The love in my soul expands beyond measure

More than I ever dreamed


Who knew?

Words cannot describe the depth nor width

Height nor weight of pure, unconditional love

Expectations are shattered forever

True love never stops

I now know my love for you is infinite

And will continue without boundary


[JLE 2006-revised]

Loving Companionships Survive Tests of Time

Older couples value their time together as they reminisce about the good and bad times of the past and how they survived it all.
Older couples value their time together as they reminisce about the good and bad times of the past and how they survived it all. | Source

10 Ways to Celebrate and Sustain Your Love

Take the time to celebrate your long term relationship without breaking the bank or creating unnecessary stress by keeping it simple. Step outside of expectations and surprise your partner with a more thoughtful plan, filled with fun conversation and activities that will increase intimacy and closeness.

Here are ten suggestions to help you on your way to celebrating the longevity of your relationship.

  1. Count your blessings
  2. Count the victories won over crises as a couple
  3. Dance together to your favorite songs
  4. Cook a romantic meal together
  5. Serenade your beloved (karaoke is fine)
  6. Look at old pics and video
  7. Verbalize your intimate needs
  8. Renew your vows privately
  9. Write a special hand-written love note
  10. Have a movie and popcorn night at home

When Mature Love Grows . . .

How many years does it take for love to mature?

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        Janis Leslie Evans 2 weeks ago from Washington, DC

        Beautiful, Nadine. Thanks for sharing your blessing. I appreciate your visit.

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        Nadine May 2 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

        Great poem Janis. What a lovely article on a very important topic. I've been very fortunate to have met my Soulmate in my later years. We have been together for 18 years and still holding hands. We recognized each other the moment we met. No fairy-tale!

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        Janis Leslie Evans 2 weeks ago from Washington, DC

        Wonderful, Larry! Forty-seven years does not come easy. But I know the love you speak of made the hard times worth it. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your blessing. Glad you liked the poem.

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        Larry W Fish 2 weeks ago from Raleigh

        A great poem, Janis. I do believe that it takes time for true love to grow. Sure there are up and downs as time goes on, but true love will over come them. How do I know? My wife and I celebrated our 47th anniversary in December.

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        Janis Leslie Evans 2 months ago from Washington, DC

        Wow, those six stages remind me of another one of my poems featured in another article about accepting your partner's quirks. No, I hadn't seen the comic. Thanks for sharing, it's beautiful. I appreciate your visit and comments, Jennifer.

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        Jennifer Mugrage 2 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

        Couldn't vote in your poll because I believe the rate at which love matures depends on the couple and the life experiences they go through during that time.

        It is nice to see someone celebrating long-term love. It is definitely a goal worth working for. And a stable long-term marriage is also a source of strength and stability to the people around the couple.

        Did you see that Pearls Before Swine comic recently? "The Six Stages of Marriage:

        "You're the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.

        "You're not as great as I thought.

        "You need to change.

        "You can't be changed.

        "I accept you the way you are.

        "You're the greatest thing that ever happened to me."

        It's particularly moving because you see the couple aging through the stages. They say the first line as they are getting married, and the last line is spoken by the old man as he sits by his wife's grave.

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        Janis Leslie Evans 2 months ago from Washington, DC

        Thank you very much, Marie, for reading it! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it.

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        Marie Lawrence 2 months ago from New Hampshire

        I really enjoyed your insights on sustaining loving relationships. Thank you for taking the time to write such a good hub on this topic!

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        Janis Leslie Evans 2 months ago from Washington, DC

        Thank you so much, Linda. Glad you liked it

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        Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I always enjoy reading articles about celebrating long-term love. This is a lovely example, Janis.

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        Janis Leslie Evans 2 months ago from Washington, DC

        Hi Jackie, good to see you. Yes, I submitted it this morning. I'd love to see yours, too. Thanks for visiting and reading.

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        Jackie Lynnley 2 months ago from The Beautiful South

        This is great Jan, assuming you are entering it in the LoveHub contest? Mine was much like this too, can't wait to read everyone's! Good to see you after all this time.

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