6 Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

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6 Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

Elizabeth Marie Elizabeth Marie • 9/25/14

The holiday season is one of the most romantic times of the year, and it can be lots of fun if you’re dating someone new. In order for your relationship to last into the New Year, here are some holiday dating do’s and don’ts.

1. Don’t give extravagant presents.

Gifts like jewelry, electronics, vacations or any other high-ticket item might seem like a good idea in the moment, but they can quickly derail your relationship.

Spending too much money on someone you’ve only been dating for a few weeks may freak them out. Too much, too soon!

2. Do choose gifts that are thoughtful.

The best presents to give during the first few weeks of a relationship shouldn’t be lavish. They should be meaningful and show you’ve been paying attention.

Has your boyfriend mentioned a new band he really loves? Get him their new CD and wrap it in one of their concert shirts.

3. Don’t introduce your significant other to the entire family.

The holidays are about family, and while it might be tempting to bring your new man home to Mom, Dad and 30 of your closest relatives, it’s best to hold off on the introduction.

When you bring someone home for the holidays, you are telling your family the relationship is serious, even if you aren’t entirely sure it is.

Bringing someone new into your family circle can be intensely overwhelming for both parties, and it might end up putting too much pressure on the relationship.


“The best thing about dating during the

holidays is the abundance of festive date ideas.”

4. Do tell your family all about your new romance.

You don’t have to hide the fact you’re in a new relationship. Part of the fun of the beginning stages of dating someone is the butterflies you get when you talk about him and the smile you can’t help spreading across your face.

Brag a bit…and then let your family know you can’t wait to make the introduction. For now, you’re keeping your new relationship all to yourself.

5. Don’t stress.

The holiday season naturally adds an element of stress to every aspect of our lives. With parties, events and shopping to attend to, we’re busier than ever and spending more money than normal.

Add starting a new relationship into the mix and all of a sudden dating during the holidays isn’t much fun. Communicate with your partner and let them know if you’re feeling torn in a million directions.

It’s probably nothing an eight-hour holiday movie marathon can’t fix. “Love, Actually” anyone?

6. Embrace the cheesy!

One of the best things about dating during the holidays is the abundance of fun, festive date ideas.

Grab some hot cider and drive around looking at beautiful lights and decorations. Dance the night away at a Christmas party. Build a snowman or bake Christmas cookies.

Take advantage of the romance in the air and enjoy all the little things the season has to offer.

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