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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Winter Dates to Keep Your Relationship Hot

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The holiday season is my favorite time of year. I love the cheer, decorations, goodwill towards men, and the shopping. But the best part of the holidays is all the extra alone time I get with my hubby. He doesn't have obligations to the University of KY during the winter, so he gets to hang at home with the boys and me. Winter is all about cuddles and snuggles! It's ideal for exploring the city and discover unique date ideas that you will remember forever. If you are having trouble figuring out how to strengthen your relationship during the cold weather, I am here to help. Here are winter date ideas to keep your relationship hot when the weather cools off.

Indoor Picnic

I love a romantic picnic, but you don't need to go outside to get snuggly. Start a roaring fire and make a nest of pillows and blankets on the floor. Pop the champagne and Netflix and cuddle.

Holiday Movie Marathon

Hallmark has made the cheesy Christmas movie ubiquitous. So take advantage and spend an evening cuddled up on your couch and taking turns picking your favorite Christmas movies. Some of my favorites are "Elf," "Noelle," "The Grinch," and the new Kristen Stewart movie "Happiest Season."

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See the Christmas Lights

For couples on a budget, spend an evening driving around your neighborhood and checking out the holiday decorations! If you want to get fancy, you can always go to a Christmas light show. (If you are in or around Lexington, KY, the Southern Lights at the Horse Park is fantastic!)

Volunteer Together

After a year that has challenged most of us, why not give back to someone less fortunate than you? Helping others stimulates the brain's reward center, releasing endorphins. When you volunteer together, you share this magnified mood, encouraging closeness.

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Build a Gingerbread House

It's time to get crafty; things are about to get messy! As you know, teamwork makes the dream work—especially when you're trying to build a gingerbread house rivaling the White House. You can turn your date night into a contest to see who can make the best house. You can keep the gingerbread fun going with a happy hour featuring gingerbread cocktails and caramel corn.

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Whip Up Some Holiday Goodies

Baking is a great way to keep the home fires burning this winter.

Challenge yourselves by seeing who can make the most beautiful gingerbread men, the tastiest cookies, apple strudels, and fruit cake. The best part is you get to eat your yummy treats.

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Go Holiday Shopping.

There has never been a time in history where we need to make an effort to shop local. Now is the ideal time to get out and keep your local shops up and running, and you can find adorable and unusual presents for your friends and family.

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Go for a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

A sleigh ride can let you enjoy the winter wonder and weather. Nestle up together as you ride through the city. You may even see holiday lights.

Catch a Drive-In Movie

Grab some old-school goodies like Cracker Jacks, Junior Mints, or popcorn and find a romantic drive-in theater--they are popping up all over the country because of the virus. A drive-in is private than a megaplex.

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Socially Distanced Christmas Party

Just because we can't get together right now doesn't mean you can whip out your ugliest Christmas sweater and have a Zoom dance party!

Head to the (Virtual) Theater

You can't go to your local theater, but you can still soak in culture—from the comfort of your couch. A-list actors are taking part in "Spotlight On Plays." It is not the same as watching the "Nutcracker" at the ballet, but you can still enjoy your winter favorites.

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Build a Snowman

Get out the snow gear and build a snowman. It's a great way to relive your childhood and share stories from your past. Afterward, you can warm up at a local pub with grown-up hot chocolate.

This holiday season is different from previous years, but that doesn't mean you have to allow your love to flounder. If you don't focus on your love life, it can wither and die! You can keep your relationship hot when the temperatures drop.


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