Winter can seem harsh and never-ending. Keep your spirits up by grabbing your sweetheart and trying one of these inexpensive date night ideas.
Christmas Light Expedition
My husband and I built our marriage on car drives. When we first met, it was how we got to know each other. When we have a big decision to make, it’s how we hash out details. When it’s been a little too long since we last felt connected, it’s how we get reacquainted. Sometimes, it’s just what we like to do for fun. Winter gives us a unique opportunity to drive and look at Christmas lights. Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit faster than twinkling lights, and time in the car is always good for discussion, reconnecting, and just being close to each other.
Christmas Tree Hunting
After getting by with a fake tree all through college, I decided a few years ago that I wanted to put up a real Christmas tree in my house. Nothing can compare to the natural beauty and fresh aroma of a real Christmas tree. My family gets pretty serious about Christmas tree hunting, and some years it has taken us hours to find the right one.
Here’s the catch: even if you don’t have any desire to bring a real tree into your home, you can still go Christmas tree hunting. It can still be fun to find that perfect tree, even if you don’t bring it home. Sometimes I like to hunt for Christmas trees for fictional people, too. What kind of tree would Ebenezer Scrooge put up? I wonder if Tony Stark has a room with tall enough ceilings for that tree!
No forest nearby? No problem! You can even walk through a Christmas tree lot and experience the magic.
About a year ago, my husband and I made an effort to read more. One way we stay accountable to this goal is by setting chapter deadlines and discussing what we’ve read every Wednesday evening. Most of the time, we pick a book to read together, but sometimes we discuss the personal novel choices we’ve been reading. It’s a great way to connect with each other mid-week it gives us something else to talk about besides the usual gossip, and we grow together as we learn new things about ourselves.
I haven’t personally tried this date idea (mainly because my husband isn’t a huge fan of cooking), but I think it would be so much fun! Grab a few ingredients from the pantry and compete with your partner to make a dish using those ingredients. To make it even harder, put a time limit on the challenge. Take turns taste-testing each other’s dishes and see who is the Master Chef in your relationship!
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