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5 Terrible Winter Dates (That Are Universally Accepted As Romantic)

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Winter is sort of the worst time to be single. Tons of TV shows are on hiatus and you can only go holiday shopping so many times before you officially drain your emergency fund. Plus, now that it is perpetually freezing outside, all you want to do is cozy up to the nearest warm body. But you can only stay curled up by the fire (or, more likely, the warmth of your overheated laptop as you both squeeze in to watch Netflix) for so long before you decide to venture out of your house and into the winter wonderland around you. And it’s only a matter of time before you or the person you’re dating starts coming up with a list of fun winter date ideas to spice up your relationship.

Here’s my suggestion with that: just don’t. Because, honestly, any winter-themed dates inevitably end up sucking. Here are five winter dates that you should seriously avoid:

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Ice Skating 

When I was a kid, I always wanted to have my birthday at an ice skating rink. My birthday is in June, so this never happened. Today, I like ice skating just fine when I go once a year with friends. Sure, I inevitably end up a ton of bruises and at least one twisted ankle, but hey, it’s all in the name of good winter fun, right? Anyway, going with friends is one thing, mostly because my friends are pretty chill about me skating away from them and attempting figure eights in the middle of the ice (which are usually forbidden by the skate rink, but whatever). But someone you’re dating, so I am told, wants to spend time with you, and it’s an awful struggle to do so when you are both attempting to keep upright on ice. Don’t even get me started with the couples who hold hands while ice skating. Not only do you both look like baby giraffes trying to support one another, but the rest of the skaters will hate you for blocking their way. If you want to be cuddly, do it when you’re both on solid, non-slippery ground, preferably when sharp blades are not involved.

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Watching A Christmas Tree Lighting

Is there anything more boring than waiting for a tree to light up? Oh, yeah, and that is staring at a lit Christmas tree. Yes, it may seem adorable to share a piece of the Christmas spirit with your latest beau but can’t you both just grab a peppermint mocha at Starbucks and call it a day? It really is the best way to stay warm and not totally bored.

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Attending Your Significant Others’ Office Christmas Party 

Umm, why do people think that being invited to an office holiday party is a major step forward in their relationship? I’ve had so many people tell me how thrilled they are that their new boyfriend or girlfriend asked them to be their plus one, and the only thing I can think of saying back is “I’m sorry”.  Unless you met your date through work (in which case let’s hope you also got an invite to the party) you’re unlikely to know anyone, and unless you think making small talk with the weird copy guy or stapler-hogging co-worker is a good time, you’ll probably want to split within an hour. But you can’t, because these are your date’s “people”. You’ll spend the rest of the night glued to your date’s side for companionship or glued to the bartender for free drinks. (Wait, I did forget about the free drinks… maybe it’s not the worst idea.)

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Making Each Other Snowmen Doppelgängers 

In theory, this is an adorable idea, it’s just that, well, there’s a lot that can go wrong with sculpting a snowperson into the likeness of someone that you actually like. There is nothing more awkward than your date going “You know, I don’t know… I don’t feel like I put enough snow on the stomach, I really want to replicate you exactly…”.

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Having A Snowball Fight

This is all well and good until someone gets rock salt in their eyes. It happens.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    ice skating dates always end in regret!!! (embarrassing/mortifying) but I think the office work party (with free booze) can be fun :)

    • DreaTheGreat

      Totally! letting your date watch you fall is SO much more regretful than spending the night drinking booze. Because then you can REALLY get to know what the other person is like in the real world.

  • Kay_Sue

    Ice skating just seems like a one way ticket to a broken pelvis, to me. And there is nothing really romantic about a broken pelvis.

  • preetibhardwaj

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  • DreaTheGreat

    Sounds like these, and all other dates for that matter, are a really bad idea for someone who is too uptight and self concious to be themselves at any given time. Taking the stairs can also cause you to slip and have a broken pelvis ( or head. or arm. or leg. or clavicle), so I suppose everyone unfortunate enough to take this advice based on the accidents which may result in you not coming off as a flawless doll that has no other sides except for poised perfection should also stay from dating, or the outside world.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Ice skating as a unit is just DIFFICULT. (Unless you and your partner are really, really great ice skaters individually, or perhaps are an Olympian doubles team, in which case, by all means, have at it). There are about a billion things that I can think of that make you look sillier but would still be better dates (I would definitely go on a laser tag date before an ice skating date and that would definitely make me look way less flawless) All of these dates are cliches, and if you want someone to take you seriously in the real world, isn’t it better to not force yourself to do something because it seems romantic in holiday movies? Just my opinion on the matter.

    • DreaTheGreat

      Ice Skating as a unit is independent of ice skating as a date. I went to ice skate for the first time two weeks ago and it was AWESOME. I am under no circumstances neither agile nor well balanced either, it was fun to do something new and challenging were you actually got to move your body, be outside, and enjoy it. This is very hard to do in the wintertime in NYC. Something you like can fall under the category of cliche, but you are more cliche if you avoid it based on some definition that it is in fact “cliche” to others. Holiday movies are cliche ( and insufferable), yet they feature a lot of other things that I’m sure you partake in. You shouldn’t force yourself to do anything just because you see it in movies, but you shouldnt be taking badly thought-out advice from this dumb list for your romantic choices either.