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  • Dr. Teresa Edwards, LMFT

Frosty Romance: Cool Winter Dates to Warm Your Hearts

Welcome winter! Winter brings to mind Jack Frost, cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and warm fires. Winter, with its glistening frost and magical ambiance, offers the perfect backdrop to forge new memories or reminisce about cherished ones. So, bundle up and let the magic of these winter dates illuminate the season with love and companionship.

1. Enjoy an outside movie night.

Picture a romantic winter evening, where the chill in the air is kept at bay with the warmth of shared blankets and the glow from fairy lights. This is the perfect time to light the chimenea, or a fire pit, find a couple of lawn chairs, a fluffy blanket, and your tablet to watch a movie outside. Make a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee, grab some cookies, make s'mores, and enjoy the evening.

2. Take a twirl on the ice.

Embark on the adventure of gliding hand in hand across the glistening surface of an ice skating rink. For many, ice skating is a beloved winter tradition. A lot of towns, including Tulsa, create ice skating rinks for the winter months. This can be a fun experience for couples and a great way to create memories. Regardless of your skill level, the shared adventure of navigating the ice together creates a sense of connection and camaraderie, making ice skating not just an ideal date night idea but a romantic journey into the heart of winter.

3. Travel down memory lane.

Feel like ditching the cold and wind for a warm fire, soft blankets, and hot chocolate? Use this backdrop to immerser yourself in the warmth of nostalgia and take a trip down memory lane. This trip requires no tickets or passports, but can take you to some of your favorite places.

As you settle in, share stories from the past, recalling memorable moments, and revisiting the milestones that have shaped your journey together. Consider exploring old photo albums or watching home movies, allowing the pictures to transport you to a favorite destination or cherished memory. Reliving shared experiences is a powerful way to create feelings of closeness and connection, and cultivates an appreciation for the journey you've shared as a couple.

4. Have a themed movie night.

Transform an ordinary movie night into an immersive experience with ambiance, clothes, and foods that fit the movie theme. Choose a theme that resonates with both of you, whether it's a favorite genre, time period, or film series. Here's some ideas...

Step into classic westerns such as "Rio Bravo," "Tombstone," or "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" by donning some western attire and serving food Cookie may have handed out from the chuckwagon, like beans, biscuits, beef jerky, trail mix, dried fruit, coffee, and of course, some sassafras (root beer). Want to really live the experience? Turn off the lights and light some candles or an oil lamp (using odorless and sootless oil, of course).

Don't want to visit the old west? Maybe you'd rather visit Victorian England through films such as "Great Expectations," "Sherlock Holmes," or "Jane Eyre." Find some Victorian inspired clothing and serve food common in Victorian England, such as cheese, chestnuts and hazelnuts, fruit turnovers, and tea and biscuits (cookies). If you're feeling really creative, find a recipe for a traditional Victorian pudding or meat pie.

As winter wraps its chilly embrace around us, let these cool date ideas kindle the warmth of connection and joy. Whether you're gliding hand in hand across an ice rink, sipping hot cocoa by a crackling fire, or sharing laughter under twinkling lights, embrace the magic of the season with your loved one.

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