‘Tis the season for family, food, and holiday festivities. But that doesn’t mean you should let yourself get so caught up in the chaos of the holidays that you forget about romance. After all, this holiday has it’s own kissing plant, just encouraging you to sneak a smooch with your loved one!
I know it’s hard to come up with the time to spend alone with your loved ones this season. There are family commitments, work parties, children’s events, church obligations, and the endless amount of cookies to be baked. But I think it’s important to take a little bit of time to really embrace the season. Remember, as a military spouse, there are some challenging things about Christmas that only you understand, but you can still make the best of it!
If you’re having a hard time coming up with good ways to date your spouse this holiday season, here are a few of my favorite ideas for every budget.
1. Are you and your wife into the arts?
Check theaters for productions of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker. Cities often have big showings that will be pricey, but there are also local theater productions that are more budget friendly. You can also look at local churches for their holiday productions and concerts if you’re not up for a big show.
2. Trying to combat all the holiday feasts? Look into local races!
Challenge your husband to a holiday 5k or a Hair of the Dog Post-New Years’ event to run off the champagne. Even if you’re not trained to run at Olympic speeds, a fun run can be a great way to spend some time bonding with your hubby.
3. If you’re lucky enough to live where the lakes freeze over…
(Or in a town that creates a man-made lake), lace up the skates and enjoy the ice. There’s something so magical about the atmosphere of an ice skating rink. Hold hands, glide around, and laugh as you pick your spouse up and dust the snow off their butt.
4. How about sticking to the traditional lights’ show?
Find a botanical garden, zoo, amusement park or other location that does drive-through and walk-through holiday lights. Don’t feel like facing the crowds? Bundle the kids up, find the best hot chocolate around, crank up the holiday tunes, and see if you can locate the Tim Taylor house in your own neighborhood.
5. Looking to avoid the crowds?
This is the season for endless holiday movies. With everything from the traditional It’s A Wonderful Life to the more comedic National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, you can find a movie to fit any mood. Add a little Bailey’s to the hot chocolate, sneak a few of Santa’s cookies, and cuddle up for a wintery night at home.
So, this holiday season, take advantage of the Mistletoe, and make sure you take time to enjoy some cheery fun with your spouse!