Low Budget Holiday Love
The holidays are upon us and, along with snow flakes and carols, Fa-La-La-La-LOVE is in the air! The season may come with some budgetary challenges and struggles (i.e. battling though shopping mall crowds to score the gonga deals, or racking your right hemisphere for cheap, creative DIY gift ideas), but it takes all the major work out of romance! The overall mood of the holiday season sets the amorous tone; folks are less guarded and cynical when filled with holiday cheer, twinkly lights and decorations provide the romantic ambiance, and cuddling for warmth in cold weather is essential. The time is prime to woo the one you love, or secretly admire. Here are some holiday date ideas to maximize the magic of the season without breaking your piggy bank:
What you THINK you look like when you’re ice skating vs…
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Outdoor and indoor ice skating rinks can be found even in warmer regions during the holiday season for reasonably priced admission. Between holding hands as you glide, to holding on to each other for dear life to keep from falling, ice skating will truly bring you and your date closer together.
Cruising for Christmas Lights
Bling bling! Somewhere under there is a house!
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With nothing more than a set of wheels and a full tank of gas, you and your amore can casually cruise the boulevards and check out the local light displays. You may not even need to drive; some neighborhoods known for epic light exhibitions can be navigated by foot. Bring some warm coats and a thermos of hot cocoa and you’re date will think you’re the Man (or WO-Man)!
Me want YOU… and cookie!
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Everyone loves cookies, right?! Why not cook up some romance while you bake your holiday favorites? A trip to the grocery store for ingredients and a kitchen is all you need to set the stage. After the work is done, sample the treats you’ve made and let the sugar rush propel your passion to higher heights!
Decorating the Tree
Ahem, looks like she could use a boost Romeo… wink, wink!
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There’s nothing like decorating the Christmas tree (or Hanukkah bush) to get you in the holiday spirit! You can even make the trip to the tree farm a part of the date. Pour some eggnog, light a cozy fire in the fire place, and set out the ornament boxes. The activity will bring you closer together, as you pull out childhood ornaments to hang and reminisce on holidays past. And once you’re done, MISSON ACCOMPLISHED! Affectionately bask in the ornamental glow of you mutual efforts.
Holiday Movie Night
It’s our favorite too!
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Movie night at home is an awesome date option for the Casanova on a tight budget any time of year! Why not make it season appropriate? There are literally TONS of holiday movies to choose from. Some of our favorites:
- Home Alone
- The Santa Clause
- Bad Santa
- Charlie Brown Christmas
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Miracle on 34th Street
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Grinch
- Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Cuddle up on the couch with a warm blanket, a giant bowl of popcorn, and let the holiday-themed, movie marathon work its magic on your love connection!