For those of you who aren’t too thrilled about winter weather, I feel you. Secondly, though I know you’d love to you can’t just hole up in your blanket fort and hibernate until spring, especially if you’re in a relationship. If you have a long-time bae or are nurturing a budding relationship you realistically can’t afford to sleep all winter, otherwise come spring you’ll emerge from your cave with no one to love.
I know that going outside sucks. Driving in the winter somehow sucks even more. So, I’ve come up with a couple festive date ideas that involve minimal contact with the freezing outdoors.
1. Bar Trivia
Why go outside and play in the snow when you can stay inside an almost uncomfortably warm pub and drink!?
Form a team with other couples or with friends and head to a bar for trivia night. As it nears the holidays bars will have festive, holiday themed trivia nights which make the night even better! Order a beer with your bae and sing Christmas songs to annoy your competitors. I assure you this is an A+ strategy.
2. Coffee Dates
Maybe you’re not a drinker or are just super hungover, but if you don’t feel like having a beer or two or three you should head to your nearest coffee shop for a date. Order something hot and peppermint flavored and plop down for some good conversation. Bring a book and have a little reading shesh.
A lot of coffee shops have live music events, from acoustic performances to open mics. Make it a point to go to one of these events with bae and cozy up while the hipsters sing Islandic folk songs – or whatever else is trendy right now.
3. Spa Day
With the weather getting colder and colder your skin definitely needs a little bit of a break. So, drop some cash and go to a spa for the day with bae!
If you’re tight on money because of the holidays – or because the economy sucks right now – take a trip to Target and create your own living room spa real quick. They have mud and sheet masks for around a dollar and endless bath stuff. Drop a couple bucks on some bubble bath and super moisturizing lotion and enjoy.
4. Hot Tub
If you’re like me you want to limit your exposure to winter weather as much as physically possible. So you might be asking why I’ve included something that very well might take place outdoors… well, because it’s warm.
When you’re sitting in a hot tub during the winter you are the perfect balance of hot and cool. You’re not suffocating because you’re too hot because you have cool air hitting the parts of your body that aren’t submerged! So find your nearest hot tub, run as fast as you can through the cold, and jump in.
5. Festive Blanket Fort
If you have no desire to leave your hibernation cave then this idea is perfect. Grab all your pillows and blankets and get building! String Christmas lights over and inside your fort to make it extra festive. I recommend making some hot chocolate – with or without peppermint schnapps – and queuing up a holiday movie on Netflix for full effect.
Don’t celebrate any holidays? Or aren’t religious? Well, Groundhog Day is the perfect solution.
Here’s more ways to stay warm in the winter!