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Keep the Holidays Passionate

Don't let stress derail your love life this season!

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful -- juggling social invites, holiday shopping, cooking big meals, travel plans or houseguests can all add up to holiday and winter burnout, which can result in an unfortunate (and unintentional) break in bedroom activities.

So whether you're navigating your first harried holiday season together, or feeling overwhelmed by cooking big meals or toy shopping for your children, make sure you and your honey take a breather, focus on each other . . . and reconnect. Look to your partner's horoscope sign for tips! 

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Luckily, Aries is comfiest when constantly on-the-go, so they can take mall chaos and marathon holiday partying in stride. To bring this Fire sign back down to Earth in the midst of the chaos, think like its symbol, the Warrior: Tackle them the minute you're in the door dropping off shopping bags, or right before you're due to leave for the office party. It will be easy to convince this "live in the now" sign you have plenty of time for passion, and impulsive Aries will definitely respond to your sense of immediacy.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Because this sign is so methodical and not easily swayed from its goals, it may be hard to shake your Bull out of holiday mode. But Taurus is a sensual Earth sign and responds well to touch, so you can make passion part of the plan with a systematic campaign of subtle caresses and suggestive strokes a few days (or hours) ahead of time. Then grab a bottle of good wine and throw together a platter of delectable eats (Taurus does love its food!) and ask your partner to take a quick "sanity" break with you on the couch. One drink will definitely turn into a stolen evening.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

This sign is known for being a bit scattered, so don't take it personally if you feel like your flighty Gemini is distracted in the bedroom. Simply wait until you're in this social butterfly's natural habitat -- a crowded holiday party -- to make your move. Gemini is at its best mingling, so your partner will be feeling the ego-boosting effects of good cheer. Wait until a break in conversation, tell this information-gathering sign you have something fascinating to show them . . . then pull them into an out-of-the-way guest bathroom (or closet!). You'll definitely be able to hold their focus.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

This horoscope sign is all about nurturing others, so recognize Cancer's other true love (aside from you): home. The sign of the Crab just wants to stay in its own comfort zone, so if you have a hectic social calendar, pick a specific night when you're both dressed in your holiday duds and about to head out -- then delight your Cancer partner by tossing the car keys over your shoulder and telling them you'd really rather stay in. Suggest bundling up on the sofa while watching a holiday flick (Cancer has a strong affinity for history, so pick a classic), and redefine what it means to "cuddle."

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

The biggest battle you'll face is Leo's immense generosity -- which can add up to big bills at gift-giving time! Turn their thoughts away from the bustle of holiday shopping by appealing to Leo's famous youthful side. If you're at the mall, suggest a visit to Santa or a couple laps around the ice rink. When playtime is over, suggest ditching out on the rest of the day's chores with the promise to take them home and keep the spotlight on them, the regal, center stage-loving horoscope sign. Your Lion won't be able to resist the attention (and affection).

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

You'll have to work a little harder to get this analytical sign to calm down and be in the moment, so make sure you're on their to-do list by relieving them of some of the more stressful items on the agenda. Then simply appeal to their Mercury-ruled talent for communication: A single look or hint, and this detail-focused sign will drop everything to make sure you're both on the same page. Remember, Virgo loves to serve others, so a saucy comment or a seductive suggestion is the only cue they'll need to completely shift gears and remind you that their sign's symbol -- the Virgin -- is a bit misleading!

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

You won't face much resistance when you want a few romantic hours alone with your relationship-focused Libra lover. Remind them that physical intimacy has been scientifically proven to boost health and the immune system -- and it's a great way to restore balance for both of you, which Libra, the sign of the Scales, can truly appreciate! Because this is the beauty-loving sign, broach the topic of the two of you while in front of your own personal tree-lighting ceremony, or while on a walk through a festive part of town.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

For the sign of sex and death, passion is never out of the question, no matter how high the stress levels get! Distract your Scorpion sweetie from the anxiety of an upcoming family gathering by making a forward move that shows you want to revisit the deeper realms of your connection. Your intense partner is a Water sign, so escaping to an alternate reality to explore each other is never out of the question for them -- or a bad idea!

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Your freedom-loving Sag will probably feel weighed down by the pressures of holiday stress, so help them refocus on the big picture by suggesting an impromptu adventure to the nearest snow-capped mountain, frozen lake or even a nature preserve. Sags love to be on the go, so a hike or even sledding adventure will be just what they need to refocus on what's important -- you! After all, if you can't indulge your lover's love of travel, you can at least give them a change of scene. And don't be afraid to get frisky if you find yourselves alone (after all, Sags value wide open expanses of nature, so they'll definitely be in the mood!).

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

This business-minded sign is all about keeping to a schedule, so pencil a saucy activity into their day planner or mobile calendar. In other words, schedule time for seduction! Your Capricorn will get the message if you show there's time to steal away and forget obligations for a couple short hours. And because this sign likes the finer things, surprising them with an evening at a nice hotel room (if it's in your budget) will help them get their minds off work. Otherwise, a token bottle of bubbly during a frisky fireside chat will do the trick!

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Your Water-Bearer lover will be busy making sure the group -- whether that's family or your closest circle of friends -- is happy. At the same time, Aquarius doesn't need to hold tight to tradition. Consider ditching the stresses of the holiday season altogether to make room for celebrating Aquarius' main focus on the "greater good" -- your relationship! Instead of attending a rush of parties or painstakingly picking out presents, suggest off-season camping or a day trip to somewhere beautiful, where you can take in the views of nature while enjoying your off-beat honey's taste for the road less traveled -- and trysts in the beautiful landscape! Or take them around the city for a night of wining and dining, watching other busy shoppers while the two of you prepare for a night of passion.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

You may already be busy keeping your dreamy-eyed Pisces in check -- this Water sign moves at its own pace, so the holidays' quick approach will definitely catch them off-guard! You already have escapism at your side if you have a Pisces mate, so go a little further by allowing them to draw you in to an alternate reality where snow-shoveling, gift-wrapping, Secret Santas and diverging family celebrations don't enter into the picture. In fact, Pisces might do all the seductive work for you: As soon as you're willing to set aside your own holiday stresses, your Pisces partner can take you by the hand into a sexy dream world. Just make sure to set an alarm so you don't miss the holidays completely!

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