Ten Great Holiday Dates
Dating during the holiday season can be a special treat. Of
course, in order to fully experience this you may need to
re-order some priorities and make time for yourself and your own
personal needs. Don't give into the temptation to put your
social life on hold until after the New Year. Manage those work
projects and family demands in a way that leaves you open to try
some of the romantic and fun-filled activities that are
available at this time of year.
The following 10 date ideas should help put you in the mood and
may even inspire you to come up with a few on your own.
1.Have a "progressive" dinner together. Go to one place for your
appetizer, another (romantic and intimate) place for your
dinner; and then have dessert and coffee (nightcap), in a quiet
spot with a beautiful view of holiday lights or other holiday
views. Even better, go by limo, so you have all your time to
focus on each other and don't have to worry about all the
2. Take a holiday tour of historic homes in your area. Many
areas of the country have these. Often they are done in the
evening by candlelight. Afterwards, you can go for a walk and
view the surrounding neighborhood lights and decorations. Finish
with coffee in a quiet bistro.
3. Get dressed up and attend a holiday concert or play. You can
spend a lot or very little on this kind of date, depending where
you go for the entertainment. A nice little before or after meal
fills out the evening.
4. Go and get hot chocolate with your date; then go look at
Christmas lights or displays available in your area. Many places
have dazzling displays that light up the night.
5. Go ice skating together. Find a nice place, not too crowded.
This brings out the playful side and encourages a lot of
interaction with each other. Hold hands, show off, race- be kids
6. Attend a religious service together. This could be
accomplished by going to a place of worship that one (or both)
of you belong to; or you could go to a non-denominational
service. An evening service, followed by a supper in an intimate
restaurant could fill you with a sense of well-being and
7. Throw a small holiday get-together with a few other couples
(or friends). Plan an activity such as trimming the tree or
lighting the menorah. Be sure to serve festive food and drink. A
bonus would be to have a secret Santa gift exchange. This would
be where each person brings a gift ($10.00 or less). Everyone
picks a number. Person with number one begins with first
selection. Go through all the numbers and open each gift in
front of the group. Exchanging is fine and provides some extra
fun. Lots of laughs and very interactive.
8. Choose your or his/her place, stay home, rent old holiday
classics, light the fire and cook a simple but festive meal
together. Play holiday music while you cook. Then watch (a few
if you like) holiday favorites together. Or, you can bake
Christmas cookies or other holiday treats together while
listening to music and enjoying the fire.
9. Work at a soup kitchen one day (meal) together. Sharing the
experience of giving is a wonderful way to get to know someone
and deepen a relationship. It is also a great way to get into
the true holiday spirit. After the clean up, go for a walk
followed by coffee or a nightcap.
10. Go to a planetarium (if one is nearby). Enjoy the
spectacular winter sky together. There is usually a guided
"show" that you can experience as you sit closely, (perhaps hand
in hand?). Try to pick out constellations together as you walk
back to your car. It is always nice to have an intimate meal
See if you can add some ideas of your own to this list. Then put
aside several evenings over the next few weeks and awaken those
feelings of peace, joy and goodwill for others.