It’s the most wonderful time or the year… for dating! The cute outfits you get to wear, the holiday parties, and endless festive activities make this season one of the most romantic. But with the merry can come the scary if you’re worried about making a “holidating” faux pas.
To help make you here are some holiday dating dos and don’ts.
DON’T Move Too Fast
If you’re in a brand-new relationship, you might end up being seduced by the holidays, thinking that you should invite your new person to the big family dinner. But instead of giving in, try to think logically. Ask yourself if you’re actually ready to take such a big step, or if it’s just the magic in the air getting you ahead of yourself.
DO Exchange Small Gifts
Even if you’ve only been dating a few weeks, it’s okay to consider getting him or her a little something, but just make sure not to go overboard. A little gift exchanging can always put a little spark in your relationship.
DON’T Take it Personally
Dating during the holiday season can feel a little tricky, especially if it’s a new relationship. Some people want to spend more time with families and friends and aren’t ready to introduce you into the mix. Don’t take it personally. Give yourself time and space to connect with your own family and friends.
DO Invite Your Date to Events
If you have an office party and can invite a date, go for it it! Especially if you feel confident they can easily take care of themselves in a crowd and you don’t need to constantly take care of them. Office parties don’t need to be a huge deal, and are generally the more the merrier. But if you’re worried that it’s too soon to introduce this person into the mix of people you work with, listen to your gut.
The holidays can be a lonely time for some. Just because you wish you had someone to spend the holidays with doesn’t mean you need to settle for someone you otherwise would have no interest in just to have someone around. Keep your options open… especially with all the holiday parties!
DO Attend as Many get togethers as You Can
People are out at night more than ever this time of year… and in good spirits. Even if it means skipping a spin class or having sore feet after a long day, get out of your apartment, put on something sexy, and go to that party! You never know who you’ll meet.
DO Be Confident at Parties
Sometimes attending your partner’s work, family, or friend’s party can be the first time you meet other people in their life. If you’re joining one of your partner’s holiday parties, do your best to walk in exuding confidence, even if you’re nervous. Showing approachability, friendliness, and interest will create a positive first impression.
DON’T Skip the Holiday Movies
There are so many great holiday movies. Who cares if you’ve both got them memorized? Cuddling up with a cozy movie is a free, sexy, and romantic date idea that is just too good to pass up.
DO Act Like Kids and Embrace the Spirit
There are so many fun activities to do this time of the year. Go ice skating, drink cocoa with whipped cream, or bake gingerbread men and decorate them together. The holidays can be really fun, so try and see them through the eyes of a child—it creates awe and romance.
DON’T Drink Too Much
Don’t guzzle too much booze while getting into the spirit. Nobody wants to get stuck with the drunken person at the party, so mind your alcohol intake. Make sure to occasionally swap out that holiday punch for some water.
DO Wear Red
Professional matchmakers say red is one of the best colors to wear in general to catch someone’s eye, but especially during the holidays. It draws attention, it’s classic, it gives you confidence, and it’s a color people are drawn to. You’ll stand out among all the other black dresses.
DO Create Your Own Traditions
Make your own special holiday time together. Create your own traditions that you’ll look forward to if you find yourselves still together this time next year.