Oooh, I love Christmas so much – it really is the wonderful time of the year – and I relish the chance to spend time with my nearest and dearest around this time of year. We all get at least a couple of days off around the holidays to be together and we like to fill those days with all kinds of fun things to really make the most of it. I also love the days I get to spend with my other half over the Christmas season, either staying cozy indoors, or getting bundled up and heading out into the cold to buy gifts or pick up some warm drinks. This is going to be our last Christmas together before we become husband and wife, so it’ll be an extra special one, and I hope we get to do a ton of fun things before the New Year comes. I’ve decided to share a few date ideas, in case you’re struggling to find something to do with your loved one around the holidays. I hope to tick all of these off our list over the next couple of weeks, and I can’t wait.
Christmas Movie Afternoon
There are so many good holiday films around to keep you entertained for days on end, but if you’re super busy around Christmas then just carve out one afternoon to spend cuddled up with your significant other under a cozy blanket with plenty of snacks around you. Choose a bunch of different films, from Elf and Four Christmases to make you laugh to Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life to make you cry, get yourself in the holiday spirit the best way I know. Bonus points if you turn off your phones and it’s snowing outside.
Window Shopping & Hot Chocolate
The best shops are just magical at this time of year, filled with decorations, music and just about everything to get you into the spirit. No, it’s not what Christmas is about, but it’s difficult not to get swept away in all the excitement with Santas around every corner and all the sparkly goodies on offer. You don’t have to buy anything, just enjoy the sound of excited children mixed with ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ coming from the speakers. End your little window shopping experience with a hot chocolate, sitting in a coffee shop window with your love, talking about Christmas and watching the world go by. There’s little better.
Yes, it’s a pretty standard choice, but most of us don’t get to experience ice skating all year around, so why not give it a go around the holidays? I haven’t skated in years, but would love to strap on some blades and get to swirling and twirling around under the Christmas lights, trying my very hardest not to fall over and spoil the whole illusion. Try to go at quieter times (like when school is on) to get the best experience – somehow I imagine it’s not so fun when you’re trying to avoid tripping over a ton of people.
A Roaring Fire
Not many of our homes have real fireplaces these days, which I count as a darn shame, as there’s something so cozy and infinitely Christmassy about sitting by a roaring fire, with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate in hand. Over the years, we’ve managed to find a few local pubs which still have these awesome feature, and we’ve been known to spend hours in front of the flames, talking, reading, eating and drinking our way through an afternoon. Plenty of pubs and hotels still have fireplaces, so just check a few local spots and talk to other locals to see if there’s anything around by you.
Whether this is the kind where they sell crafts, food and drink, or the kind where there’s a bunch of fairground rides, get out there and have a wander around as many Christmassy fairs as you can. You can use this time to buy last minute holiday gifts at all the handmade gift stalls, or just to eat sugared nuts and sample mulled cider, it’s all pretty enjoyable. I’ve been to a couple of these type fairs over the last couple of weeks and have loved simply walking around to see all that’s on offer, smelling all the delicious food and drink and really appreciating all the hard work put into the goods on sale, picking up a few things along the way.