My husband and I really like to do things outdoors for our date – like taking walks, visiting farmer’s markets, and playing frisbee golf. Outside dates are generally cheaper and we can talk (the way I feel loved) while doing an activity (a way he feels loved). Once the temperatures drops, I just want to make some mint tea and curl up under a blanket. If I didn’t go through my front door from November to February, that would probably be fine by me!
Unfortunately, I can always find a reason NOT to date my husband – it’s too cold outside, we are too busy, it’s too expensive, we don’t have a babysitter. The list could go on for days; however, maintaining relational intimacy with your spouse is too important to ignore because it’s inconvenient. Here are a few excuse-free date ideas to carry you through the cold dreary months!
- Embrace the cold – play in the snow! Go out in your backyard, have a snowball fight, make snow angels, build a snowman. Then come back inside and make hot chocolate to warm up!
- Build a fire in the fire place and make s’mores.
- Grab a Starbucks and window shop around the mall.
- Drive through neighborhoods decorated with Christmas lights.
- Hire a sitter and go see a movie.
- Eat a progressive dinner – start at one restaurant for appetizers, move to another for the main course, and a third for dessert. This can obviously be an expensive date, but it doesn’t have to be! Get appetizers from Pei Wei, eat a burger at Five Guys, and get a Culver’s ice cream for dessert.
- Go ice skating! In Dallas, there are skating rinks in almost all of the malls. If you go during a week day, you’ll miss the elementary school and teen age dates crowd.
- Bundle up and go to the zoo – most zoos have discounted prices during the winter months.
- Get a deck of cards or a board game that can be played by two people (we love Blokus, Battleship, and Pandemic for couples who really like a challenge!)
- Find a recipe online and try cooking together. A couple of good recipes to try would be homemade pizza or lasagna!
- Go see a show! Check out local theaters or concert venues for a unique date night.
- Start a puzzle! My husband and I like to start a puzzle for our date night then I get to finish it throughout the season.
- Volunteer together. Soup kitchens, food banks, and nursing homes are always looking for volunteers this time of the year and it’s a great way to grow closer while you give back.
- Make snowballs. This winter treat is an idea we got during a trip to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. You take hot chocolate and put in a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s magical!
- Channel your inner child – once the kids go to bed, build a fort in your living room, pop some popcorn, and put in a movie.
- Catch a game. Whether it’s football, basketball, or hockey, there’s a sport for any fan! If you can’t spring for a professional game, see if there’s a semi-professional team in your area or even support your local high school teams.
- Have a picnic in your living room.
- Bake cookies together then invite your kids to help you deliver them to friends and family.
- Start your holiday shopping early. Skip the crazy lines (and even crazier shoppers!), go early in the season while the deals and good and the stores are still empty!
- Visit a Christmas tree farm. Grab some cider and take pictures of each other among the pines.
What’s your favorite winter time way to date your spouse?
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