One of my favorite pastimes during the holidays is watching Romantic Christmas movies. Although some people find this genre of Christmas movies to be cheesy, I adore them. These movies give me a warm peaceful feeling and inspire me to create my own romantic Christmas with my honey. Every year, we pride ourselves on creating romantic holiday dates. Nothing compares to snuggling up with my husband at a concert or on the couch with a movie. We are educators who use our time off to rest and enjoy our family. Making our relationship a priority while raising our kids has always been our standard for a healthy marriage. Of course this year brings many challenges in how we will approach our winter break. Creating intimate moments is still a priority, so I’ve come up with “10 Covid 19 Safe Holiday Dates”.
- Movie Night
Even if you don’t have a home theatre you can create the perfect movie night. Many streaming services are offering “in theatre” selections that can be streamed from the comfort of your home. Choose a new feature, classic Christmas, or a romantic holiday movie from Netflix, Hallmark, Prime, or OWN. Movie night wouldn’t be complete without theatre snacks. Many stores like Walgreens and Target, sell a variety of the same candy brands sold in theatres.
2. Holiday Decorating
Make a night of decorating fun by shopping for a fresh Christmas tree at a local garden store or farm. Take a stroll down memory lane as you add ornaments to the tree, by sharing your favorite Christmas memories with your loved one.
3. Double Date on Zoom
Ask other couples to join you online to play Taboo, Pictionary, Trivia, or 20 Questions. Any of these games can be revised to incorporate a holiday theme. Add your favorite holiday beverages and time to mingle and this date could turn into a fun virtual party.
4. Attend Virtual Events
Most recently, my husband and I attended a virtual concert featuring the artist Ledisi. Treat it like a typical concert by dressing up and dancing to your favorite songs.
5. Escape Rooms from Home
Some museums like the Smithsonian, now offer virtual Escape room experiences for FREE. Many cult favorites like, the Escape Game, in Atlanta now offer virtual and physical escape experiences.
6. Sip and Paint from Home
Purchase a holiday painting kit, and your favorite bottle of wine to recreate this favorite date night at home. Couples can sip and paint with instructions that are included in these ready made painting kits.
7. Going “Parking”
I know…it’s kind of “old school” but unusual circumstances call for unusual solutions. Take a scenic drive and park in front of a beautiful view. Bring along a picnic basket, turn on the romantic Christmas tunes, and see where the evening take you.
8. Spa Staycation
Think about your favorite spa vacation and recreate the scene at home. Complete the day with a hot soak in the jacuzzi tub, soft robes and slippers. Give each other a massage with oils designed for spas. Many parlors sell their products or purchase oils from companies that are accessible to public consumers.
9. Curbside Pickup Dining at Home
Ordering take out has become a fancier option as fine dining take the main stage to keep a steady flow or income. Many of these establishments are now offering curbside pickup and delivery options. Create a romantic scene to top off this dinner.
10. Sweat It Out
The holidays are filled with a variety of rich foods, desserts and alcoholic beverages. Leisure time is a high commodity during this time as well which adds to the high caloric intake. Make exercise fun by planning couple sessions with a little flirting and I’m sure you both can get those hearts beating in no time. Who knows, it may end with a workout between the sheets.
However, you choose to spend your holidays this year, be safe and use some creativity to slow down the spread of Covid-19.