Get out your holiday decorations and go to town. If you celebrate Christmas, throw a tree trimming party for two, replete with all the ornaments you need, some hot chocolate (spike it if you’d like), and Christmas cookies. Beforehand, picking out the tree – or cutting it down if you’re into that – can make the date even more special. When the tree is done, get a picture of the two of you in front of it. And be sure to hang the mistletoe and kiss each other under it. If you celebrate another holiday, such as Chanukah, then decorate for that holiday and whip up some potato pancakes for your snack. The point is to get in the spirit of the season and prepare your home together.
Most cities and some towns offer carriage rides. The ones available for a tour of New York’s Central Park are probably the best known. There are few things more romantic than getting cozy under one of those velvet blankets while horse pulls your carriage. If there’s a light snowfall, all the better. Those is warmer climates might also find places that make fake snow to set the ambiance during the holiday season.
Local theaters are always putting on holiday shows – from a concert to a live nativity. In New York, the Rockettes in the Christmas Spectacular are a must see. The Nutcracker is performed during this time of year in almost every town in the United States. There are so many other options if you keep an eye on your local paper or Website. Many of them are free, especially tree and menorah lighting ceremonies, which often feature food and entertainment.
This is a tricky date night. If you are not smart about it, holiday shopping can turn into a fiasco. And you won’t have any fun at all. It could be more of a nightmare. To keep it romantic, go with a plan and stick to it. Don’t expect to make it a date night (or afternoon), if you go on Black Friday or Christmas Eve. Instead, go earlier in the day during the week if you can or at a time when there will be fewer people. You could also shop locally at a boutique, instead of heading to a giant mall. While you can cross off some people on your list or separate from one another to get each other’s gifts only to meet up later, you should make the trip more about spending time together and less about the gifts you have to pick up. Be sure to take a break from the shopping and relax together on a bench or share a treat, such as a warm pastry or ice cream.
Pictures with Santa
Many a mall or town plaza hosts Santa himself this time of year. Even though little kids are usually the ones in line waiting to chat with the big man, there’s no law saying adults can’t go too. You and your husband or wife can wait in line, take a picture, and even tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas this year. The photos might even make their way into your holiday card.
Pick out your favorite holiday movies, cuddle together under a blanket on your couch, eat popcorn, and laugh and cry. Some good ones to consider watching are the original Miracle on 34th Street, Fred Clause, the Santa Claus, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, Love Actually, Home Alone, and Scrooged. If you’re lucky, before the movie’s end, you’ll be making out like teenagers. Now, that’s a merry holiday!