By Liz Marie of WeLoveDates.com
The holiday season is one of the most romantic times of the year. There are so many different events to attend and it’s always fun to have a date to accompany you. Despite how romantic the holidays are, dating during this time of year can be a bit tricky. To make sure you end up getting that New Year’s kiss after all, here are 4 tips for dating during the holidays.
Exchange appropriate gifts. If you’ve only been dating a guy for a few weeks, getting him a brand new iPad Mini is too much, too soon. The gifts you exchange should reflect how long you have been together and how serious your relationship is. At the beginning of a relationship, get your date a present that will make them laugh and show that you’ve been paying attention. For example, if your guy mentions how much he loves chocolate chip cookies, spend an afternoon baking him a batch. It’s simple yet thoughtful. As your relationship progresses, you can begin giving each other more elaborate presents.
Respect each others’ family time. One of the biggest speed bumps many new couples face is deciding how to divide up their time during the holidays. It’s natural to want to spend all of your time with your own family, but it’s not fair to expect your significant other to completely sacrifice their family to be with yours. Sit down and have a conversation about how you are going to split your time. Will you each spend the day with your respective families and then meet up later? Working it out before the holidays pick up steam will prevent resentment from building.
Don’t rush it. When you start a relationship during the holidays, you might feel that it is moving faster than it would have if it was in the spring or summer. This time of year seems to make everything in our lives that much more intense, including our relationships. Most likely you’re spending more time with family and friends, and it might seem like a great opportunity to introduce your new boyfriend or girlfriend. But moving too fast in a relationship can cause it to burn out just as quickly. Give each other space to enjoy the season on your own, and respect each others time and plans. It’s not necessary to experience everything together right away or share every tradition with someone you’ve just started dating. There is always next year!
Take advantage of the season. Forget standard dinner and a movie dates, at least until after the New Year. Holiday activities make for amazing first date ideas. Go ice skating, stroll around and look at holiday lights or stay in, cuddle up and watch your favorite holiday movies. There is always something to do, so take advantage of it while you can!
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