When Jordan got home from work on Monday I began listing off holiday themed dates I wanted to go on this month. I jokingly referred to my list as the “12 dates of Christmas”. I thought it would be fun to share a few simple holiday date ideas that can be shared with a boyfriend or with a friend! In fact, some of these dates are actually made more fun with a group of friends. I altered my personal list to make it a little less Seattle specific but I definitely recommend embracing local holiday events and traditions as part of your “12 Dates of Christmas”.
1. Check out a Christmas play or (my favorite) The Nutcracker. Depending on your budget you can choose a larger production, community theatre or even a ballet school performance.
2. Stay in and bake holiday cookies. Give them away to family and friends or save them for yourselves.
3. Choose a family or child off of a giving tree and spend an evening shopping for gifts to donate together. You’ll feel closer knowing you worked together to give back for the holiday season.
4. Grab your coziest sweater and head to a local ice skating rink. I’m a horrible ice skater but I love the feeling of bundling up and gliding across the ice.
5. If you live together head to a Christmas tree farm and pick a tree to bring home and decorate. You’ll love seeing it lit up all month long.
6. Cuddle up and watch a holiday movie. If you’re feeling cutesy “Love Actually” (though I noticed this past time is incredibly sexist, do all women have to fall for their bosses/superiors? Just saying!) is a fun choice. For a good laugh “Elf” is my favorite.
7. Take a trip to the mountains for sledding, skiing or snow shoeing. If you’re not feeling “athletic” just a quick walk in the snow feels poetically “winter romantic”.
8. Wrap Christmas presents together while blasting Christmas music and snacking on candy canes (or other Christmas candies). I personally enjoy Reese’s Chocolate peanut butter trees and all of the yummy candies in my advent calendar.
9. Experiment with festive cocktails found on Pinterest. For an extra dose of fun invite over a few friends for a Christmas cocktail party (ugly sweaters not required but potentially a great photo opportunity).
10. Build a gingerbread house together using a kit or with your own supplies. If you’ve got a creative spark you can build an entire gingerbread village (my friend and her boyfriend did this one year, it was really impressive).
11. Celebrate Kiss-mas (a holiday I just made up) by hanging mistletoe all over your house and kissing every time either of you happens to step underneath it. Avoid this cheesy sentiment if you live with roommates as they might find it vom-worthy.
12. Take a walk to look at Christmas lights in your neighborhood or city. Don’t forget cozy mittens and hot chocolate to go!
I would love to hear about how you celebrate the holidays throughout the month of December! Do you have any Christmas date ideas? I love any excuse to celebrate.