12 Dates of Christmas

Ryan and I have been married for two years and we dated for three years before that. That means that this year will be our sixth Christmas together. As someone who LOVES Christmas, I’m excited to see what this season has in store for us. Unfortunately, Ryan doesn’t exactly feel the same way. According to him, he’s never liked Christmas, for various reasons.

I KNOW. I still can’t believe it!

Our first year together, I made it my mission to convert him. Only, it was too much too soon. My enthusiasm for all things Christmas actually made him dislike the holiday even more! Needless to say, I learned my lesson. I gave up trying to convince Ryan to like Christmas and simply enjoyed having someone to kiss under the mistletoe. 🙂

Fortunately, one thing that Ryan and I do agree on is the importance of spending quality time with each other, especially during this busy holiday season. We’ve found a good balance over the years, so we decided to create our own version of “The 12 Dates of Christmas.” Some of the activities on the list are traditions for us and some are things we’ve never done. Either way, we’re sure to have fun attempting all of them!

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  1. Go see the lights. There are so many great ways to do this! You can check out a local tree lighting or light boat parade. Better yet, head to the nicest neighborhood in town, park your car and go for a stroll. Unless, you already live in that neighborhood; in which case—LUCKY!!
  2. Plan a hot chocolate picnic. Pack a thermos of hot cocoa, a big blanket, and your favorite board game. Head to a local park or stay in your own backyard. Then, have fun keeping each other warm! (Extra points if you have a campfire. Just don’t forget the s’mores!)
  3. Have a movie night, Christmas style. Ryan and I did this for the first time last year and it was perfect! Make a meal you both love or get your favorite take-out. Then, settle in for some serious cuddle-time on the couch. Each of you picks their favorite Christmas movie to watch and all that’s left to agree on is whose to watch first!
  4. Ice skating. A classic! If you’re fortunate enough to have a frozen pond nearby, go for it! Otherwise, make a visit to your local skating rink for a night of hand-holding and teenybopper pop music. I guarantee, you’ll feel like a kid, again!
  5. Visit a Christmas tree farm/lot. There’s nothing better than the smell of a live, Christmas tree. Make a date of picking out a tree together, then take it home for a night of decorating. If your budget is on the small side, look for the one that most resembles the Charlie Brown tree and give it a home for Christmas. You’ll have a fun story to share all season long.
  6. Go shopping for a special ornament. Every year, we go shopping for a new ornament, or two, for our tree. It’s tradition. Someday, we’ll look back on our ornaments and be able to remember the moments and stories behind each one. Our favorite places to find one-of-a-kind ornaments are art shows, festivals and farmers’ markets.
  7. Make snow angels. I’ve always loved the idea of waking up on Christmas morning and driving until we find snow. We’d get out, have a snowball fight and make snow angels, then head home for the day. Unfortunately, snow is usually pretty far away from Florida. So, if you see snow this year, be sure to play in it for us!
  8. Attend a Christmas show. This can be a holiday concert with your local symphony or a play put on by a community theater. Either way, it will really get you in the Christmas spirit. My personal favorite is The Nutcracker.
  9. Volunteer together or shop for a good cause. There are so many organizations that need help this time of year! Whether that means volunteering in a soup kitchen or buying Christmas presents for kids in the hospital, you’ll feel closer to your mate when you work together to help someone in need.
  10. Go for a sleigh/carriage ride. Without snow, we Floridians have to settle for a horse-drawn carriage. Still, there’s nothing more romantic than a quiet carriage ride with the one you love.
  11. Bake cookies together. When we were kids, we’d bake cookies with our parents to put out for Santa. Those days might be over, but we can still bake for our friends and family—even ourselves! Baking, like cooking, is always more fun with a partner.
  12. Read the Christmas story together. Christmas isn’t complete for us until we read the Christmas story, as told in Luke 2. Not only is it a reminder of the true meaning of the season, but it also reinforces the hope we have because of God’s great gift of love sent down to us that first Christmas. ❤

I hope this list has given you some great date ideas for Christmas. Maybe it’s even inspired you to create your own! Either way, I hope you have lots of fun making memories with your significant other this holiday season!

And, if you’d like to use my list, here’s a FREE printable: THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS.

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