Saturday, December 24, 2016

Add Romance to Your Holidays

The holiday season is a busy and often stressful time. Days are filled with shopping, wrapping, baking and holiday parties. For couples who have children, family time is important but can become consuming. Sometimes it seems as if the holidays are too commercial and geared towards children. Perhaps we need to encourage the inner child in all of us to come out and play.

The holidays are the perfect time to relight that fire with your honey. Being married to a pilot with a crazy type of schedule has taught me to grab romance when I can. We are lucky enough to live close to Frankenmuth (Michigan) home of Bronner’s – the World’s Largest Christmas Store. However, we haven’t visited Bronner’s in many years we do enjoy wandering around the quaint German influenced town filled with unique shops, coffee houses, wineries and a brewery. Even our boys appreciate the opportunity to nibble on fresh sausage sticks while milling around the shops
Romance doesn’t have to take up an entire day and you don’t necessarily have to be alone together. Cherish little moments. Add some mistletoe to your decorations and take advantage when you and your honey are caught under it.

Here a few ideas to add some romance to your holiday:

1.       Take a walk in a park
2.       Visit a local tree farm. Cut down a tree or purchase some fresh greens to decorate with. Many local farms have bonfires and offer cocoa.

3.       Go ice skating. Many towns will have an outdoor rink for the season. Indoor rinks often have rental skates available.

4.       Sip hot chocolate by the fire. Try adding a little Bailey’s Irish Cream, Peppermint Schnapps or Cherry Schnapps to your cocoa. Warm, mulled cider or wine is a delight as well.

5.       Share a dessert by candlelight. Make sure you have whipped cream handy. It might come in handy later. *wink, wink*

6.       Cook a meal together. Even if kids are helping, you and your honey can sip wine and steal some sexy glances. Flirt with each other.

7.       Watch a Christmas themed movie. Cuddle together under a blanket. Feed each other popcorn.

8.       Have a leisurely breakfast in bed. At our house, the boys sleep in late so hubby and I lounge in bed sipping coffee and watching the birds at the feeder outside our bedroom window.

9.       Spend an evening at the theater. Local theater troops and orchestras often have Christmas themed performances at reasonable prices.

10.   Take a drive to “nowhere in particular” and stop whenever inspired or park in a secluded spot to gaze at the stars. Maybe even pack a light picnic basket and be sure to take a warm blanket.

111. Visit a coffee shop you’ve never been to. Some shops have local musicians and poetry readings.

1  12. Want to do something big? Rent a cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway.

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