It seems like from Halloween to New Years it’s a mad dash full of holiday craziness. Before we had kids, my husband and I would do all sorts of fun and romantic holiday activities. Once you have kids, the focus really shifts to them and helping them find joy in the season. Last year I talked about holiday traditions to do with your family, but this year I am focusing on bringing holiday cheer into my marriage.
It’s only been a couple years, but I am starting to miss those romantic festive things we did together. I try to make dates with my husband a priority, so I put together a list of 12 holiday dates to do with your significant other during the holidays. This list has a mix of things you can do at home after the kids are in bed, and outings for those nights you have a babysitter. My goal is to make it through as many of these dates as possible!
12 Dates of Christmas
- Check out local holiday lights. Hop in the car, blast some Christmas music and grab yourself a warm beverage to check out the best lights around town. We have an excellent guide to lights around the valley here.
- Make some s’mores indoors! Here’s a simple oven s’more recipe – and it’s also fun to switch it up and use different kinds of candy bars and toppings. One of my favorite combos is Graham cracker, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, banana slices and a marshmallow!
- Make a cocktail or holiday beverage – talk about goals for new year and reflect on past year. Here is a list of some of my favorite holiday cocktails – with things like homemade Bourbon Eggnog, Hot Mulled Wine, and Peppermint White Russians
- Look through wedding album or wedding guest book. Reflect back on years past – and maybe even pull out the scrap books/photo albums!
- Snuggle up on the couch and watch a holiday movie sans kids. Some of my favorites are Elf, Love Actually, and It’s A Wonderful Life.
- Bundle up and head to a local ice rink for some ice skating and maybe a little hand holding, too! The valley has an array of indoor and outdoor rinks to choose from.
- Try your hand a homemade fondue – cheese or chocolate (or maybe both!). Here’s a list of recipes to start off your planning!
- Find a local service project or place to volunteer. Give back a little this holiday season and spend time with your spouse.
- Have an at home game night with just the two of you.
- Stay up until midnight together on Christmas eve and enjoy the early hours of Christmas together, share a drink or treat and toast to the holiday.
- Explore a holiday market, farmers market or craft market. There are holiday and craft markets popping up almost every weekend and we have a list of farmers markets in the East Valley where you can find some great local handmade goods + foods.
- Do a little holiday baking together and whip up a batch of cookies. Bonus: the kids will be excited to eat them with you the next day!
There you have it, 12 dates to get in the holiday spirit with your spouse. We want to see your date nights at home and around the valley – Use #evmb12DatesOfChristmas or tag us in your photos!