Christmas is just around the corner; can you believe it?
You’re not alone if the thought of planning a date around the holidays sends you into panic mode. We often place a lot of pressure on ourselves this time of year. We feel the need to be creative, festive, jolly…when oftentimes, we’re feeling anything BUT.
Luckily for you, we have a list of simple but memorable ideas you can use to plan a fantastic date around the holidays. Your date won’t have a clue that you left the planning to the last minute!
These ideas are ideal for a second or third date, and are also perfect for those already in a relationship…you can even use our list to “date your spouse.” Oh, behave!
5 Simple Holiday Date Ideas
1. Wrap Presents: Chances are you already have this on your “to do” list anyway so why not do it together? If you’re both already done with your gift wrapping duties, you could combine this idea with number 2 and donate a gift to someone in need.
2. Make A Charitable Contribution: Deliver a meal to local seniors and people with disabilities via your local Meals on Wheels, donate a toy to your local Toys for Tots collection center, contribute to the Operation Care Packages “Send Santa To The Troops” Christmas campaign…these are just a few of the many, MANY opportunities available to you around the holidays. Spending time together while doing something good for those in need is a wonderful way to strengthen your bond.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
- John Holmes
3. Make Ornaments: Show off your creative side! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be especially crafty for this one. You’ll just need to round up a few supplies (you might even already have some at home). We suggest buying either clear, fillable ornaments (filling ideas: small pinecones, fake snow, glitter, confetti, small figures…) or solid colored ornaments that you can draw on with paint pens or decorate by gluing on small trimmings like ribbon, buttons, pom poms, etc. Make sure to write the year somewhere on the ornament! As the years go by, you’ll be happy to have the date to go along with a fun memory.
Holiday Light Tour: Grab a hot chocolate to-go and take a walk around a neighborhood known for having beautiful light displays. If you don’t have anything within walking distance (or it’s too cold to enjoy the outdoors), you can still enjoy the lights from the comfort of your car and with the bonus of being able to turn on some holiday tunes!
5. Christmas Movie: Check your local listings to see if any theaters in your area are showing Christmas classics. No luck? Then host a movie night at your place and rent one or two of your holiday favorites! If you need some inspiration, you can find a great list of the best Christmas movies here.
Our personal favorites are The Santa Clause and Christmas Vacation.
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We would love to hear your ideas for planning a simple and stress-free date around the holidays. Please post them in the comments below!
Happy Holiday Dating!