By Randy B. Hecht
Crowded stores. Mile-high credit card charges. Lists made and checked twice. It’s no wonder December flies by in a blur. But if you’re racing around in such a rush that you don’t have time to pause beneath the mistletoe, you’re missing out on what can be one of the most romantic times of the year — if you do it right!
Get fresh in the kitchen.
Fresh baked cookies, that is. There’s nothing like curling up on a blustery early winter evening with a plate of still-warm cookies. Even if you’re not sharing them with someone, you’ll feel the love. And if there is someone special in your life, there’s nothing more tempting you can offer... well, almost nothing!
Soak it up.
When the workday ended, you flew out of the office and through the stores with the speed of eight tiny reindeer. You don’t even remember unloading the shopping bags and inhaling dinner, and you can’t even think about romance right now. Think again! What you need now is a nice, relaxing bubble bath. Whether you go solo or as a duet, it’s sure to restore your holiday spirit—and maybe more.
Work those aching muscles.
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Heavy packages. Shoveled walks. One too many trips up the ladder to get those decorations. If the holidays don’t break your budget, they might just break your back. And what could be more romantic than a back—and for that matter, a pair of feet—that would give anything for a massage?
Nighttime is the right time.
Whether you’re single or half of a couple, you need some time for yourself—especially when you’re so busy taking care of everyone you love. Make a nightly date with yourself for some down time. Indulge in your favorite romantic holiday movie, music or book to escape from it all for a while.
What’s more romantic than the sight and sound of a group of carolers taking their songs door to door? This year, don’t wait for the season’s singers to knock on your door—join or organize a group of your own and get in on all the fun.
Vanilla and cinnamon. Pine and clove. And lots of flickering flames dancing like visions of sugarplums. Who wouldn’t find romance in a room aglow with candlelight and the scents of the season? As the wax melts, you can melt in the arms of the one you love—or just sink into sweet fantasies about the one you want to meet.
Have a (snow)ball!
Sure, it’s a hectic time of year. But if the stress is sapping all the fun out of the season, it’s time to call time out. Take a walk and breathe in the brisk air. Admire the way your neighborhood is decked out. And if you’re out arm in arm, arm those mittens with snowballs and give each other a good pelting. It’s one of the only fun fights you can have, and you can kiss and make up afterward even if you weren’t ever angry!
Don’t forget the mistletoe.
It’s been decades since you learned the truth about Santa. But no one ever stops believing in mistletoe!
Randy B. Hecht is a New York-based writer and editor.