The Romance Of Winter
Do you find yourself stuck at home more this time of year? Do you forsake venturing out for the lure of your comfy sofa and central heating? People are often less sociable during the colder months. No more summer barbeques or evenings walks. No more hanging out at the beach or lounging by the pool. Dating ideas can seem a little more challenging when the daylight hours are fewer and you’re dictated to more by adverse weather.
I find autumn and winter an ideal time for romance. The different colours and beauty of autumn, the smells of winter, the fireworks in November, the festivities in December and the promise of what’s to come in January.
I love ice skating. I used to go all the time when I was younger (gotta love the John Nike!). Skating along hand in hand with someone (it’s also a great place to meet people actually!). There are lots of venues that host outdoor skating during the winter months. There’s not much more romantic than the beauty of the open air ice rink at Somerset House in London.
For my birthday last winter, MrLovely and I went to stay somewhere that had a hot tub. It was literally freezing outside but it was such a lovely weekend. We spent every evening in the hot tub with a drink, some music and each other. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing when you’re ensconced in a hot tub filled with bubbles and looking up at the stars.
Bonfire Night & Fireworks
Guy Fawkes Night is a perfect date night idea. Bundle up warm and head down to your local firework display. There’s something infinitely romantic about fireworks. Imagine standing around the fire, snuggling up close whilst you watch the overhead display.
Dates aren’t just for nighttime. Taking a walk in the woods and noticing the different colours of the leaves, gathering pine cones and just simply being together. This is my of my favourite ever things about autumn. You can almost smell the change of seasons. We often go for winter walks with the dogs. It gives you a big sense of energy. Perfect!
Cake and romance. Come on! Are there many things that are better? You don’t have to go out and spend money to enjoy being together. Think Ghost but with cake mix and less floppy pots.
Antique Shop Browsing
I love browsing through antique shops. Imagining who used to own the treasures and what their lives were like. Sharing in treasure hunting is a lovely way to waste a day. Seeing who can find the most interesting antique or inventing stories about who their owners were.
Christmas Light Hunting
There’s something magical about Christmas and seeing all the twinkling lights. People are going to more and more effort each year these days. Pack a flask of hot chocolate and a blanket and bundle yourselves up in the car. Drive around your local area and check out the local lights. Pop some Christmas songs on the stereo and pootle off for a drive around your area.
Whilst we’re on the Christmas theme, Christmas markets are a charming place to spend time as a couple. Roasted chestnuts and wandering hand in hand finding the perfect gift for someone special. MrLovely and I once went to the most beautiful Christmas market that was all lit by candlelight. It was the perfect evening.
A Spa Break
Following Christmas, the new year is a brilliant time for new beginnings and to start healthy regimes. It’s also a perfect time to take some time out to unwind. A spa break is an ideal weekend away or even just a day out for you and your loved one. You can also pick up great deals on Groupon for a bargain.
If you have a great, all singing and dancing camera, lovely, but otherwise just pick up some disposable cameras. Find a beautiful spot and go hunting for prospective photo opportunities and have a look through the photos together. A friend of mine did this with her husband. They took pictures of the same things but got totally different results. She says it was lots of fun and an insight into how the other person views the World.
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Wishing you a cosy and romantic winter.