As the winter gods commence their takeover faster than Ariana Grande’s climb up the pop charts, showing that special lady a good time while battling the elements, can be a challenge. However, freezing temperatures should not freeze the dating fun – Netflix and hot coco will not survive the entire “cuffing season.”
The cold weather presents the opportunity for fun and creative evenings with the boo. Here are a few winter dating ideas to keep the fun alive.
Coffee and Carol Writing
Did you know that Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the best-selling single of all time? In fact, due to their yearly rotation, holiday songs are generally big business. Thus, why don’t you and her grab a pen and notepad and write a Christmas Carol at a coffee shop together! Perhaps you two and Mr. Crosby will never compare royalty checks, but the memory of writing a song together will forever ring silver bells of harmony.
Here is how it works: (1) start with a plain teddy bear, reindeer, elf, or other stuffed animal, (2) decorate it with clothes and accessories, and (3) exchange little boos with one another. You may have too much pride to nestle with a stuffed animal, but she will appreciate a fluffy friend to hold at night when you are away.
Ugly Sweater Photo Shoot
Remember those ugly Christmas sweaters your mother took pictures of you in to send to grandma? Well, now is your chance to redeem yourself, except this time, you will have a beautiful lady with you to counteract the tacky sweater. However, no cutting corners! Cell phone pictures are not allowed. Instead, set up an actual photography appointment or find a now-historic photo booth to take pictures in.
His & Hers Ornaments
Anyone can buy candy canes and put a star atop a tree. However, it takes real ingenuity to make an ornament, even just one. Embrace the challenge together. Head to your local arts and crafts store and make your own angels, stars, or stocking to fill with candy. Santa will be proud.
Pinterest Night In
Nights in are enjoyably inevitable. However, break the monotony with a simple collaborative cuisine challenge. Find something to make together a la Pinterest, trek to the grocery store, and see just how well you two follow directions in creating a five star meal.
Bowling . . . With a Little Winter Wager
Bowling is old faithful. You actually have to try to mess this one up! However, add a friendly wager to add some flavor. The first person to throw three consecutive strikes or spares gets treated to a movie of their choice. Perhaps sir must outscore madam by 50 pins for a new scarf, or vice versa. The higher the stakes, the higher the fun.
The Light Stroll
Most cities display vivid, decorative winter lights somewhere. Find them and take a stroll in the cold, holding hands while you two enjoy the warmth of the luminescence. Who says romanticism doesn’t exist?
When it’s cold outside, what better way to stay warm and fit than hot yoga? Winter is the perfect time to warrior pose you all’s way to health and energy while the elements do their best to keep you two indoors indulging on Thanksgiving leftovers.
You would think that after co-existing on Earth for millions of years that men and women would understand one another. Wrong! Make it a fun night with food, drinks, and a group of friends. Separately place guys and gals on opposing sides, pick a moderator, and debate gender-specific topics of you all’s choice on hand-written cards. For example, “Describe the ideal date froma man’s/woman’s perspective”; “What is the big deal about guys and Madden”; “How do men really feel about hair and makeup”; “Discuss the best way to approach women.”
Before the days of PlayStation and apps were cardboard platforms and little plastic pieces. Take a journey back in time and roll the dice with a game of monopoly, or perhaps stretch your imagine with taboo. You would be surprised how much fun there is to be had when you trade in Words With Friends for an old-fashioned Scrabble match. Double the fun and make it a double date.
Written by C. Charles Carson – C. Charles Carson is a third year law student at the University of Miami School of law. He also completed his Master’s in Multimedia Writing and Production in 2013. He recently contributed “Why Men Cheat” and aspires to be a US Congressman and media personality.