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The couple spent the Christmas holiday playing in the surf and sand

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated January 01, 2015 02:45 PM
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Lea Michele and Matthew Paetz are going strong – the couple spent Christmas together in Mexico.

The pair frolicked in the sun, with Michele, 28, sporting a teeny white bikini and enjoying some playful banter with Paetz.

Paetz moved in to Michele’s Hollywood Hills home in September, and the pair have taken romantic vacations to Italy and Cabo this year.

“They are really happy and they make a great team,” a source told PEOPLE in September.

Paetz is a model and aspiring actor, and the pair met on the set of her “On My Way” music video in April. The couple started dating nearly a year after Michele’s previous boyfriend and Glee costar, Cory Monteith, died.

The actress shared some pics from her idyllic vacation on Instagram and as the clock ticked down on New Year’s Eve, she reflected on the year, writing, “Looking back on 2014 and I couldn’t be more grateful.. So many amazing experiences and adventures.. I feel truly blessed and thankful to be surround each day by the most incredible friends and family who have been with me through thick and thin… Here’s to an amazing 2015!”