When the weather outside is frightful, it makes dating rather spiteful.
Let’s face it, we all want enchanting and magical dates, but dinner and a movie doesn’t always cut it. It especially won’t around the holidays, when people are looking for festive and fun activities.
Instead of doing the same old dinner, movie and bar routine, why not try something a little different? I’ve gone ahead and done the hard work of coming up with a few ideas:
- Ice Skating
Photo by Anthea Atlas
It’s classic, fun and best of all, it’s practically the cheapest thing you can do. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or not, and it might actually be more fun if you aren’t. See what moves you can come up with. If you go enough, you could have a whole routine by the end of winter. Just don’t forget the video camera.
Want to impress your family, go on a date while Bing Crosby croons Christmas tunes in the background? Try doing some decorating. With drinks, cookies and plenty of conversation, you’ll get to know each other easily. Also, since you’ll have something to keep your hands busy, you don’t have to worry about awkward lulls in conversation. Worse case, you can always ask your date what he thinks of what you’re working on. Just keep it simple; don’t ask him to help get the lights up on your roof.
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Haven’t gas prices hit their lowest point in years? That makes it a good time for a drive. There are plenty of people who go all out for Christmas, hoping that others will notice their decorations. It’s best not to let them down, right? Many cities will have a street or two that specializes in Christmas decorations, and there are plenty of parks and public areas that put up decorations as well. Grab your honey and hit the road.
- Christmas Baking
In my apartment, Christmas cookies are all the rage, and it’s not a one-person process. Baking them together is a great way to bond and get new ideas for old-school recipes. Plus, once the ball gets rolling, there’s a job everyone loves – taste testing! Make a game of it and see who can decorate them the best, or write messages to each other with the frosting. It’ll be a fun reminder of your night when you get to eat them.
- Holiday Movie-A-Thon
“A Christmas Story,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and a big, steaming cup of hot chocolate? That sounds like a winter dream. Technically this counts as a movie, but it’s not like you’re in a theater where you have to sit there silently. Kick off your shoes, grab some cookies and snuggle up to watch your favorite Christmas movie under your blanket fort. No, the fort is not optional.
Or sledding, or snowboarding or snow tubing. It depends on what you and your date are comfortable with. As long as you don’t live in Florida, this is a great date idea. Skiing and snowboarding can be a little bit on the pricy side, so keep that in mind before you make any solid commitments.
Sledding, however, can be done in your backyard with a cookie sheet if you have some snow. Put on some snow pants (or wrap yourself in saran wrap if you don’t have any) and head for the hills.
Many people don’t like Christmas shopping. However, I have found it to be at least tolerable, and sometimes actually fun, if I do it with the right person.
Have a little extra fun by challenging each other. Malls are a great place for dares, and this is a good way to reconnect with your partner or find out how well you mesh with a new date. You can dare each other to model yoga poses in the bookstore, or ask a stranger to take a picture of you with a mannequin.
- Practice Random Acts of Kindness
There’s no better time to give than the holidays. This is a date night idea that will leave both of you with endorphin highs – you just have to decide what to do. Buy another couple’s dinner at a restaurant, or hand out a flower to everyone who leaves a store. Buy coffee for five people, or purchase a toy to give to a child you’ve never met before. Either way, you’ll both get in the holiday spirit doing something for someone else.
No matter what your date idea is, the important thing is to take the holidays to connect with people. You choose to have them in your life, so you may as well work to enjoy them. Happy holidays!