By: Dani Leach
Winter is here, bringing with it long, chilly nights spent curled up by the fire. This is the season that is usually spent indoors because of the cold, but don’t let the frost keep you from having fun. There are so many things that you can do with your significant other in the wintertime.
Ride the slopes
When the snow starts falling, covering the grass in a thick layer of white, grab your sleds and find the biggest hill in town. Have a competition to see who can get to the bottom the fastest or find out who can stand on their sled all the way to the end. If you don’t have sleds, anything smooth can work: plastic mats, vinyl cushions, plastic storage containers. Just make sure whatever you’re using has a flat underside and that it is waterproof.
If you’re not a fan of slippery slopes or if there aren’t any near you, turn your backyard into a winter wonderland. Hold a contest and find out who can build the silliest or most creative snowman. Use anything you can find around the house to put together your creations. Make snow angels and have epic snowball fights and build forts together. Whip up some delicious snow ice cream with ingredients that can be found right in your cabinets at home. There are so many fun things to do when the snow finally falls.
Hit the ice
Ice skating is a fun way to show off your skills, or to get a good laugh. Teasing and being teased about wobbling on the ice or falling a couple times will definitely get rid of any awkwardness that either of you feel. Or, if you’re a really good ice skater, teach your partner some moves. When your feet get tired, take a break and flirt over cheese fries and hot apple cider. Skating around the rink, holding hands and trying not to fall, and laughing when you do, will bring you and your significant other closer as a couple.
Check out the lights
Taking a walk or a slow drive through town, looking at all of the bright, colorful Christmas lights with your boyfriend or girlfriend is so romantic. Most towns have at least one neighborhood that gets really into the Christmas spirit and goes all out when decorating. Some people’s yards are so full of decorations that they let you walk or drive around their house so that you can see everything. If you’re driving, be sure to roll your windows down because sometimes they have music playing in the background.
After a long day of winter fun, have your significant other start a fire in the fireplace while you make some hot chocolate on the stove. Then, grab blankets and snuggle up on the couch while watching your favorite movies or playing your favorite video games. Or, take your cuddling outside. Spread some blankets down on a picnic table or the bed of a pickup truck and spend some time trying to find constellations and shooting stars in the sky.
Even though the chilly weather requires a couple more layers, winter can be especially romantic with warm nights by the fire and flirty competitions in the snow. So, even after the leaves fall and the air gets cold, there are still plenty of things that you can do to keep warm.