I can hardly believe it's almost Christmas, and I'm in full blown preparation mode over here! A trip to Walgreens reminded me there are Christmas items ready to purchase and one even inspired me today to give a special side gift to Jacob before the big day!
We're already seeing party invites roll in and our schedules fill up fast. I love that I get to spend time with those I love, but I always have the reminder that even during the holiday season the person I love most and want to spend the most time with is my husband!
I've given him A Year of Dates (one preplanned pre-paid date for each month) several times to enjoy throughout the year, but this year I thought I'd do something a little different to shake it up, surprise him. I wanted to #SayMore this holiday season by making this holiday season special, and had the idea to play off the 12 Days of Christmas and give him the 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS.
I'm going to kickoff 12 days before Christmas with a letter and an extra special box of chocolates. I couldn't get over the Kisses Deluxe by Hershey, obviously the kisses for romantic reasons, and the hazelnut center and deluxe size to let any recipient know they are getting something extra special!
Here's what my letter says:
Merry Christmas! I wanted to surprise you a little early and make sure you know that even during a busy season you are worth all my time and effort and we still can create a lot of fun dates together, even if we’ll be bringing the baby with us on a few!
I wanted to say more this holiday season than just Merry Christmas, I wanted you to know that each day you are my greatest gift, so I’m gifting you something a little early.
As the classic Christmas song has the true love give 12 Days of Christmas, I wanted to give you 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS. That’s right, for the next 12 days we’ll be having at least a mini-date every night together to celebrate the season and let you know just how special you are.
Look for a new activity each day, you’ll know them when you see them- they’ll each be attached to a Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe!
I love you more than anything and can’t wait to have some fun this Christmas season!
I'll be leaving him a paper describing the date with a Hershey's Kisses Deluxe kiss attached each day for him to find and enjoy!
I used the song as a guide and tried to make a theme for each day. Some worked perfect, some were a bit of a stretch.
THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS:
On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me
a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
And we may just see one as we head to our favorite lit up neighborhood to look at lights together and all the decorated trees.
On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two Turtle Doves
Or maybe two turtle cupcakes. We’ll head to our favorite bakery and grab some cupcakes and cake bites and enjoy a sweet treat together.
On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French Hens
At least there will be three of us! Tonight we’ll make our favorite Christmas cookies together for a family date.
On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Four Calling Birds
We’re going to give those birds a place to call and make gingerbread houses tonight.
On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Five Gold Rings
We’re going to head to the bookstore tonight and choose five of our favorite Christmas books to build our baby’s library and have a stash of Christmas books to read together as a family.
On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Six Geese a-Laying
We’ll be celebrating with our own Christmas themed breakfast for dinner tonight. It’s a special one, and there will likely be some sparkling cider to top it off.
One the Seventh Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Seven Swans a-Swimming
Luckily he ends up not going for the swim at the end, but we’ll cozy up on the couch and watch It’s a Wonderful Life together tonight.
On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Eight Maids a-Milking
Luckily they’ll be done, and we’ll enjoy a hot chocolate bar together at home.
On the Ninth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Nine Ladies Dancing
There may be a few more, and several are children, but tonight we’re going to the Nutcracker.
On the Tenth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Ten Lords a-Leaping
Hopefully the leaping is minimal, but we’ll see some of it as we hit up the ice rink and go ice-skating together.
One the Eleventh Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Eleven Pipers Piping
Time to own up that we both play the piano and play a few songs together and pretend we can sing. We’ll spare the neighbors from caroling, but we’ll have our own Christmas song night in. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure the doors and windows are shut tight!
One the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Twelve Drummers Drumming
We’re going to head to the Christmas concert series at the temple tonight to hear orchestra music and look at the lights as a family.
I can hardly wait to see the look on his face and to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the most wonderful man in my life!