Dating During Lockdown - Christmas Themed Ideas*

*This is a collaborative post*

Looking back on 2020 you could say the year has been a bit of a shambles. Covid has literally turned everyone's lives upside down. The virus has caused widespread devastation in various ways and I don't know about you but I'm fed up of it now - I'm craving normality!

One aspect of life that has been hugely affected is the world of dating. For many single individuals across the UK, traditional or face to face dating has literally been put on hold. Instead singletons have now had to become inventive and have been making the most of virtual or online dating. So how does someone find love during a pandemic?

Get Online

First and foremost you need to be able to make the most of technology, without this you won't get very far because local and national lockdowns have meant that meeting up is out of the question. Whether you use your laptop, your tablet or your phone, become familiar with the various means and methods of communication. I like Facetime but I know of others who rave about Skype, it's personal preference really. 
Also make the most of the internet to actually get yourself on one of many dating websites. There's plenty to choose from these days, EHarmony, Zoosk, Match, Elite, dating agency West Midlands, and if you don't want to pay a monthly premium then there are some free dating websites out there. Depending on where you live you may also find that there are dating sites specifically just for your local area. For instance in the West Midlands there's the West Midlands dating site you could try. Do remember to remain a little cautious when chatting to someone new and don't give away any of your personal details.
Make An Effort 

It can be harder to establish any kind of connection or spark when virtual dating so it's important that you make the effort like you would if you were meeting up in person. Dress to impress, do your hair and makeup as if it were a 'normal' date. You can also come up with some fun and inventive ideas for the actual date. With Christmas coming up why not incorporate lots of festive things to do? Anything that will provide plenty of laughs and talking points is a great idea.

Below are some Christmas themed date ideas for you to consider. 

Make Christmas Crackers - I love making Christmas crackers and they've become part of my annual tradition. They're easy to assemble and you can put whatever you want inside them, most already come with jokes and hats. You can order these types of kits online, I usually get mine from ebay. My boyfriend and I had a right laugh making our crackers this year so I highly recommend it.

Make A Christmas Wreath - This is something that I think would be great fun and I'd love to try it. You could even get a bit competitive if you wanted to. Whether you go for the real thing or opt for artificial evergreen, you can decorate your wreath however you like. I personally love berries and pine cones. 

Decorate Your Christmas Tree - Who doesn't love decorating a Christmas tree? Light the fire, put on some Christmas music and then get adorning your trees. This is also a good chance to talk about each of your Christmas traditions and get to know each other a bit more.

Make Ornaments - To make simple salt dough Christmas ornaments just mix flour, salt and water together to form a dough and knead for about ten minutes. Roll out the dough and use Christmas cookie cutters to create your festive shapes. Don't forget to make a hole in each shape to thread your ribbon or tweed later on. Once they've been baked in the oven and cooled you're ready to decorate them. You can find step by step instructions online to guide you through the process if you're unsure.

Watch Christmas Movies - Of course you can get into the festive spirit for your date without having to get too hands on with crafts. If you prefer a chilled out night then pour a glass of wine, sit back, relax and watch your favourite Christmas movies as you chat. Just remember above all else to be yourself and enjoy!

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