2020 seems to have given us an entirely new meaning to the phrase “cabin fever”. Of all the obstacles that this year has brought, trying to make room for romance and enjoy quality time with our partners was not one we expected to face. To top it off, the holiday season is usually bustling with family, travel, and worship, making it difficult to find any alone time with your special someone. With the weather getting colder, days getting shorter, and not to mention the unexpected surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., dating this winter is going to require a bit more creativity and a lot more patience. But just because things are different doesn’t mean you have to put your life on pause completely. Here are some of our favorite date ideas to spice up your holiday season in the time of the coronavirus.
- Gift Each Other Heartfelt Letters
If your annual romantic holiday event isn’t happening this year, or you and your partner decided to lower your spending budget this year, a more personalized gift is the way to go. Not only is it heartfelt and meaningful, leading to some quality one on one time with your significant other, but it costs nothing, like so many of the best gifts do. Choose a time for you and your partner to write and share your personal thoughts with each other. This could cover anything from what you love about them, to your favorite memories together, or what you are looking forward to as a couple in 2021. Find a time to read them together over dinner, dessert, or a nice bottle of wine. Pausing to express gratitude for one another is not only a stress reliever during the busy holiday season, but also allows you to reconnect and remind each other of your commitment. Who doesn’t need a little bit of that in 2020?
2. Create a Photo Memory Book or Scrapbook
Spend an afternoon collecting and printing photos from some of your favorite memories together. Whether you’re making a photo album or a scrapbook, spend some time getting crafty and reminiscing. This is a fun and engaging way to slow things down and unleash some creative energy. Make a page for each of your future goals as individuals, as well as as a couple! And be sure to check out pinterest for some amazing inspiration and free materials!
3. Find a Drive Through Holiday Lights Display
A drive through holiday lights displays is one of the best ways to get in the spirit without risking catching COVID. Bring some eggnog or hot chocolate in a thermos, throw on your favorite sweater and get ready to get festive! (We love this article from Boston.com which features the best ones in the greater Boston area).4. Chop Your Own Tree
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, a tree in your home can still help add to the holiday spirit and get everyone in the festive mood. Instead of heading to the hardware store this year, make it an event and drive out to a local farm where you can choose and chop your own, all while enjoying a glass of apple cider and practicing social distancing.5. Spring for a Date Night Subscription Box
We were absolutely gushing over this article from Brides.com about the best Date Night subscription boxes! Consider springing for a date night subscription box as a gift for both you and your partner. These boxes are full of activities and other fun goodies for you ato enjoy together. You can even buy tailored subscription boxes based on what you and your partner are looking for, whether it be wine, cooking, or a mix of everything!
What are you and your significant other looking forward to this holiday season? The best part of these activities is that if you're single, these are all fun things to do with friends or family! Let us know what your holiday plans are in the comments.