There are so many activities crammed into just a few weeks at the end of every year. Parties, baking, shopping, attending special events and performances all fill up the calendar quickly. Scheduling date time with your spouse might seem like just one more thing to squeeze into an already overwhelmed calendar, but it’s essential. Spending a few hours together each week will provide an escape from the craziness and energize you to tackle the other things on your to do list. Don’t let the overwhelm take over!
Here are a few Holiday Date Ideas to put on your calendar this year.
Ice Skating – This is the kind of thing you see on commercials or in the movies, but in reality many people have never been on an ice skating date. If you live in a warm climate, don’t let that stop you. Many cities have indoor ice skating!
Go on a Walk – Sneak away for a quiet time together. A walking date can happen anytime…before dinner, after dinner, in the morning, whenever you have a few minutes.
Festivals and Fairs – Your local newspaper is a good place to find a list of festivals and craft fairs near you. There are so many unique hand crafted items. You might even get some Christmas shopping done on this date, too!
Downtown Window Shopping with Hot Chocolate – Spend an evening walking around enjoying the decorations and lights while sipping a hot chocolate.
Take in a Matinee Movie – Not only are matinee movies cheaper, but they tend to be less crowded, and you still have time after the movie to get in some shopping.
Christmas Music Performance – Enjoy an evening of Christmas music. Performing arts centers, churches, and schools usually have multiple performances.
Christmas Shopping – You have to do it anyway, why not make a fun evening out of it? For date night you should narrow your focus down to just a few people (like your best friends) or spend the evening shopping for only stocking stuffers.
Holiday Light Displays – Get in your car, crank up some Christmas music, and drive around enjoying all the light displays. Explore neighborhoods in your community and some you’ve never been to before. Bring along some hot chocolate or apple cider to enhance the holiday atmosphere.
Christmas Tree Shopping – The kids usually don’t enjoy this anyway, so why bring them along? Get a sitter and enjoy this time together.
Baking Together – Choose a recipe from his childhood and something from yours then spend the day baking together.
Volunteer – Donation centers, food banks, and soup kitchens are extra busy around the holidays. Volunteering together can be a lot of fun!
Backyard Fire Pit S’mores – Turn dessert into date time. Sneak into the backyard after the kids are in bed and relax around a fire. If you don’t have a fire pit you can roast marshmallows over a grill. A large terra cotta pot lined with aluminum foil and some charcoal in it will do the trick, too.
Christmas Movie – Cuddle up on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and watch your favorite Christmas movie together at home.
Not Shopping at the Mall – Go to the biggest mall near you and do not shop. Walk around and take in all the stunning decorations. You could even use this time to gather gift ideas for each other.
Game Night – Break out some cards or a board game just for the two of you. Video games work, too!
Watch a Sunrise or Sunset – Check your weather app for the exact time, select a secluded location, and enjoy a quiet moment together. Bring along a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate or a chilled bottle of wine and tune out the world for a while.
No TV Night at Home – Turn the lights down low, play some soft Christmas music (or try this fireplace DVD with Christmas music!), pour a couple of drinks, and simply talk. Reflect on the past year. What went well? What challenges did you face? Set goals for the new year. What do you want to do differently? Keep the conversation more couple focused instead of on the entire family. How often do you want to have date nights? When can you plan a weekend away together?
Go to Church Together – Spending time being thankful is a good way to relieve stress. Focus on the blessings in your life by attending a church service together.
Couple’s Massage – Reduce your stress level by scheduling a massage together!
With a slight change of focus, almost anything you have to do can be turned into quality time together. Add several Holiday Date Ideas to your calendar early in the season. Purposefully plan to spend time together all year long.
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