Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 12 Dates of Christmas

I was recently inspired by Michelle over at Dream Home DIY. She & her hubby created an awesome holiday tradition last year...the 12 Dates of Christmas. I actually found her fun blog via this pin on Pinterest. 


With the exception of Monday nights and every other weekend, my hubby and I are essentially kid-less the majority of the time. But we are TERRIBLE when it comes to regular date nights. It's quite sad, actually. I'm not pointing the finger at him because I could definitely step it up a notch in the romance department. 

Too often, I hear stories about couples whose relationships are void of romance and one-on-one time because of kids...too tired, too hard to find time, too difficult to find a babysitter, etc. It's important to me that we make this a priority NOW when we actually have the time, so when kids come (Lord willing), date nights remain a priority.

With Christmas right around the corner, I figured we should start this thing off with a BANG! Pow. :) So I talked to hubby the other night about the 12 Dates and he too thought it was a great idea. We decided to each come  up with 6 creative dates with a budget of $12 (or less) per date. We set the cost per date so low to force a little creativity. 

Here's MY list:
{1} Make a Gingerbread House
{2} Dessert at Cheesecake Factory (using a GC)
{3} Afternoon Trip to Klyde Warren Park
{4} Dinner at our Place with Friends
{5} Video Games (hubby loves video games!)
{6} Put Up & Decorate our Tree
(no, we still don't have our tree up...I know, shameful)

And HIS list:
{7} Candlelight Dinner
{8} Prayer Walk
{9} Dinner & Board Games with a Newlywed Couple in our Complex
{11} Movie Date (using a GC)
{12} Bible Study 

Our goal is to have all 12 dates accomplished (in no particular order) by Christmas Day!
I'm SUPER excited about this!

And we're already able to check 1 date off the list!

A drive through the Deerfield community...a subdivision nearby, known for their Christmas light displays. One home in particular has become famous (locally) for their 20-minute light show synchronized to Christmas music. It is actually pretty amazing!



 Total budget: $144 ($12 per date)
Cost of this date: $0
Total spent so far: $0



Here's to jump-starting the romance engine this holiday season! 


xo,

Linking up with:
Tell Me Tuesdays @ Him & Her & Lil' Mrs. Tori
Random Wednesday @ Because Shanna Said So
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty

7 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea! not just for christmas either! it would be great to do in February to celebrate Valentine's all month long! Definitely want to try this one!

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  2. Such an awesome idea! And I love the fact that you guys got started immediately! Way to go! Keep up this momentum and those 12 dates will be no problem to accomplish!

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  3. This is a great idea!! I am going to share with my married buddies!! I have a confession.. I was a little sad that there was a no OOTD :( lol!!! #Shamed but I love love, especially young black love lol so this will suffice for now, lol!!!! hahahahha I hope the next 11 dates are EXTRA special!! :)

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  4. Blog hopping - very nice post and good luck with the dates - lol!

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  5. I've seen this idea around the blogosphere quite a bit -- and what a great one it is!

    Because my hubby is a driller on an oil rig (and therefore only home for two weeks at a time, currently), weekly date nights are at the top of our priority list when he's home. It might be fun to add a Christmas twist to them, though. :)

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  6. Awe, I love this!!! Hope you guys can make your 12 dates!! Ross and I really try to get out and have alone time at least twice a month. In fact, we did it last night! Every couple needs this!! Thanks for linking up again this week!!

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