During the holidays we get together with friends, we host or attend parties and, in general, we enjoy the merriment of the season. Memories are made, and hopefully, good times are had by all. It reminds me of the times when either myself or my partner limited our drinking, because we had to drive home afterward.


Let me be clear – I’m not advocating drinking, and I’m certainly not advocating drinking and driving. However, if you’re inclinded to drink, here’s a creative way to enjoy more drinks while being spontaneous.


There’s something to be said about traditions, such as exchanging gifts with your love on Christmas Eve. I’m all for creating your own traditions as a couple, in order to bring you closer together and to make the holidays a truly special time. This date idea can be a gift in itself, or you can have something on hand as an added surprise.


Prior to attending a party, arrange to have a horse and carriage waiting for you when you leave the party. Say nothing to your date about it, and keep refilling her drink all night. If she questions you about your drinking and how you’ll get home, find a way to brush it off, even if that means telling a little white lie to throw her off. The weather is a huge factor in this, so be sure to accomodate where necessary. If it’s cold, make sure there’s a blanket (maybe grab a warmer coat for her, gloves and a hat). A bottle of champagne or wine will help set the mood for a romantic ride home. If distance is an issue, research hotels nearby and spring for a night out.


If you happen to live in an area where neither of these ideas is an option, perhaps you have to “unexpectedly” work late one evening. This is especially effective if you have dinner planned, or something equally important. We all have to eat, right? Be courteous and call in advance so that she isn’t slaving away for nothing. Again, you will want to prepare in advance. Grab a blanket, wine and anything else that is needed to make sure she’s comfortable during the trip. Once you’re in the carriage, waiting outside of her house, call and give her a reason to leave. Suggest picking something up from the store, or tell her your car broke down. When she walks out the door, there you are!


Perhaps you live in an area where a horse and carriage aren’t an option. Sticking with the theme of the holidays, you could plan a walk. In keeping with the surprise, arrange something with the friends who are hosting the party. Make them aware that at some point during the evening, you’re going to steal your date away. Ask them to chill a bottle of white wine, or stage a blanket, the wine and a couple of glasses.


With any of these ideas, you can start things off with a note expressing your love – something sweet, simple and honest. For inspiration, I recommend checking out the website, This site is full of inspirational and heartfelt expressions of every kind of love.


The main goal of this idea (or any variations to it) is to surprise your love with a simple jesture at an unexpected time. “Steal” her time, and make this holiday a truly special occasion.


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