12 Realities That Ruin Our Expectations Of ‘Cute Winter Dates’

During the holiday season you’re bound to come across some “cute winter date” ideas, whether it be on Pinterest or Facebook. If you’re in a relationship, you’re probably demanding your significant other to take you on one of these said dates. You have a certain idea in your head of how it would be so romantic to go ice skating, light seeing, sledding, or on sleigh rides while sipping on hot cocoa…well my darling dears, they aren’t as “romantic” as you think. Here’s the reality vs. expectations of them.

1. Ice Skating. You expect ice-skating to be absolutely adorable and Instagram worthy. A picture of you two, hand in hand with your skates underneath, as you glide across the ice so in love. But really majority of your time in the rink will be spent scraping each other off the ice. You start to lose all feeling in your fingers and toes, your pants are wet from the ice, your nose won’t stop sniffling, and there may or may not be cuts and bruises on your bodies.

Expectation:

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Reality:

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2. Sledding. You have high hopes that sledding will be tons of fun as you and your significant other are sharing a sled, and that the day will be full of fun and laughter. Yeah, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. You know as soon as you hit a bump the wrong way, you’re going flying and possibly getting run over. Sledding is a serious sport and not for amateurs.

Expectation:

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Reality:

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3. Christmas light seeing. The idea of driving around the neighbor to see all the lights with a nice hot chocolate in hand with Christmas music playing on the radio sounds super romantic. And it totally would be romantic…if people actually decorated their houses anymore, let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Expectation:

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Reality:

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4. Making Gingerbread houses. According to the Gingerbread house kits they sell, you’re going to become a gingerbread house architect in no time. It’s going to be a beautiful masterpiece that you will take pictures of and admire until it’s time to eat it, and when you do, it will be delicious. If only that were the case. In retrospect you get hard-as-rock icing, stale gum drops, broken gingerbread, and instructions that are harder to understand than IKEA.

Expectation:

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Reality:

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5. Horse-drawn carriage rides. What’s better than feelings like a winter princess, you got snow, a horse, a carriage and a man by your side…perfect, right? I don’t know about you, but I really don’t love the smell of horse poop…like ALL THE TIME, AND IN FRONT OF YOU!

Expectation:

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Reality:

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6. Baking Christmas goodies. Now to the good stuff, baking and decorating Christmas cookies. I think everyone loves doing this one, and it really is great, don’t get me wrong. But the smell of freshly baked cookies straight from the oven, and knowing how the chocolate will just melt in your mouth…well that’s enough to bring out anyone’s “inner fat kid.” Next thing you know, you’re asking, “What happened to all the cookies?!”

Expectation:

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Reality:

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7. Making snow angels. In movies, you might think that it’s too cute when couples fall gracefully into the snow and start making snow angels. However, the truth behind that is you WILL have a wet backside. When everything is drenched and you’re freezing cold, there’s no way to recover from that in a “cute way.”

Expectation:

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Reality:

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8. Attending Holiday parties. You anticipate an amazing time at your friends or colleagues holiday parties. Except for when you have awkward conversations with people you never knew worked with you until now. Oh, and don’t even get me started on that “Holiday Party Picture,” it’s just awful, awkward, and, “Who’s hand is touching me right now?”

Expectation:

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Reality:

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9. Building a snowman. Building a snowman was always so much fun when you were little, but there’s a reason why you see more little kids than adults making them. They’re a lot of freaking work. Snow is heavy, we know this from shoveling, and making a perfect circle is borderline impossible with snow. They end up looking a little deformed, so deformed that it makes you frustrated to the point of physically abusing them.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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10. Going Holiday Shopping. Because guys love shopping with us any other day, right? No. Black Friday until after Christmas, any shopping center or mall is a bitch to maneuver. Your man will end up having to pull other women off you because you took the last item they had their eyes on.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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11. Going to Holiday Parades. I always imagined dancers in Christmas parades were so classy and beyond elegant. Then I guess the parade officials lowered the standards for the dancers because there’s twerking…everywhere. It’s just not right.

Expectation:

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Reality:

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12. Christmas tree decorating. Hanging ornaments and garland around the tree, easy way to spice things up, right? Well, do you have cats? Because I do, and every ball, ribbon, garland, strand of beads, or flickering lights grabs their attention and next thing you know…BOOM! Your cat just climbed your tree and it looks like a hurricane just hit your living room.

Expectation:

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Reality:

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No matter what we will always have those who are more, “Buddy the Elf,” than us. They are those who want a special way to spend time with their significant other during the holidays:

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Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m almost positive most people will be content with a Christmas movie marathon and hot chocolate from the comfort of your house. Why go out in the miserable cold that stings your face and reddens your cheeks all while giving you the sniffles? I’ve been there, and it’s not attractive, in any way. Those are the type of things that make people complain about winter. You don’t have to go out in public and go on cliché dates to prove you’re taken for the holidays. Just be happy that Netflix exists, grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, and jump in your matching footie pajamas…I don’t know a single person that would complain about that.

Happy holidays from the comfort of our homes!

Featured Image by Jazmin Med

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