Thanksgiving week marks the start of the holiday season – that special time of year filled with parties, gifts, spirits, and cheer. Why not add dates to that list?
Christmas is a holiday that connects friends and families. The movies always show people falling in love at Christmas time and using it as a special occasion to say something you might not have said the other 364 days of the year because you were too scared or sober to do so.
The truth is, while you may not fall in love, the Christmas season brings different options and venues for dates for everyone to enjoy.
Here is the Happy Hour Stories’ version of “The 12 Dates of Christmas”:
On the first date of Christmas my date and I…Decorated a Christmas Tree.
Nothing kicks off the Christmas season like decorating the Christmas Tree. There is something romantic and special about decorating a tree together. Whether you went and purchased the eight footer tree from the local farm or you are rocking the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree in your studio apartment, getting decorations and taking time together to decorate the tree is a fun activity.
On the second date of Christmas my date and I…Volunteered.
Sure, volunteering might not be the most romantic or sexiest of dates…but you know what is sexy? Being with someone who cares for others. The holiday season showcases how many others are less fortunate and need help. Volunteering together at a soup kitchen, working a clothes drive, or walking the animals at the Humane Society is a good way to get to know your date better while helping others. ‘Tis the season.
On the third date of Christmas my date and I…Had a Christmas Movie Night.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the stresses that everyday life brings, sometimes it is nice to have a relaxing night in. Since you already decorated your tree together, why not sit and admire that tree while spending some quality snuggle time on the couch watching Christmas movies? I recommend putting on some of the classics…A Christmas Carol, Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and of course Elf. I also recommend having some spirits while the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future are spending your evening with you.
On the fourth date of Christmas my date and I…Went Christmas Shopping.
Christmas Shopping can be a pain for some, but this can turn your otherwise dreaded errand into an opportunity to spend time with someone. You both can help choose gifts for everyone on your respective lists and might even get shopping ideas ‘for that special someone’.
On the fifth date of Christmas my date and I…Played In the Snow.
There are a lot of great outdoor activities for date ideas during the holiday season. Brave the cold together to go ice skating, sled riding, go in the hot tub to warm up, or just go outside and play in the snow. You will most likely have to get creative with getting warm during these activities which usually includes getting cozy with one another and/or hot chocolate (with Bailey’s Irish Cream obviously).
On the sixth date of Christmas my date and I…Went to a Game.
There is no shortage of sporting events during the holiday season with professional and collegiate basketball, hockey, and football games to name a few. Going to a sporting event together is one of my personal favorite date ideas throughout the entire year, but there is something extra special about seeing a game during the holidays. Tailgating in the snow is extremely underrated.
On the seventh date of Christmas my date and I…Went to a Christmas Show.
In addition to sporting events, there are a number of plays, shows, and other events that are going on during the holiday season that would make for a great date night. You can try out the traditional Christmas classics like The Nutcracker, The Musical Christmas Carol, or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Or you can think outside of your Christmas box and go see some of the more unique options including Elf: The Musical, The Rat Pack Does Christmas, and Potted Potter.
On the eighth date of Christmas my date and I…Baked (and Drank).
If you knew me on a personal level, you would know that I avoid a stove or oven at all costs so it might come as a shock that I am recommending baking as a date activity. Having said that, I truly enjoy the end results of baking so I think it could be fun to do together (particularly if your date does the majority of the baking and you stick to the drinking part). My expertise in the kitchen usually involves alcohol but making Christmas cookies while drinking a hot tottie with a hottie doesn’t sound so bad.
On the ninth date of Christmas my date and I…Participated in an Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl.
There are few things I enjoy more during the holiday season that an Ugly Sweater get-together. Recently, the Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl has become quite popular in some cities. This is a great date activity to do together or with a bunch of your friends. Usually the uglier the sweater, the more fun the evening. I enjoy this activity so much that I even have an ugly sweater for my wine bottle.
On the tenth date of Christmas my date and I…Went to a Christmas Party.
Sure Ugly Sweater parties are a blast, but another great thing about the holidays is the massive amount of non-ugly sweater Christmas parties. Everyone likes getting dressed up every now and then and Christmas parties are a fun excuse to get out that little black dress and heels combo or to put on that sweater and button-down and celebrate with your date.
On the eleventh date of Christmas my date and I…Spread Some Christmas Cheer.
Few things get you more in the Holiday spirit or make you want o spread Christmas Cheer than cheers-ing with another and indulging in some spirits yourself. One of my favorite things to do on a date is to go to a local bar or restaurant and have great conversation over a couple of cocktails. This is even escalated during the holiday season with extra days off work leading to an extra amount of cocktails consumed.
On the twelfth date of Christmas my date and I…Tried Out the Mistletoe.
Let’s face it; Christmas is an extremely romantic season. I mean it is the only holiday that includes a tradition involving hanging a plant on a door to force others to kiss underneath it. Rather than ask why, I recommend embracing this genius idea called Mistletoe. I also recommend testing out the mistletoe with your date at every opportunity that presents itself; after all, you have to be prepared for the midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve.
If you are not as serious with your date (or looking for a date around Christmas), then I recommend my suggested route: Find a headband that has mistletoe attached and spread your own Christmas cheer.
‘Tis the season for dating. Happy Holidays my friends.
Note: “The 12 Drinks of Christmas” Cocktail Guide Coming Soon!