I know a handful of people who turn into Buddy the Elf as soon as the turkey is carved(Jen and mom, of you are reading this, I am looking at you). I, on the other hand, am the Grinch. However, I have found that there are some really cute date or night out ideas to help get into the holiday spirit so that you don`t ruin the fun of everyone around you. Seriously, we Grinchy folk are like a spray of cold water to the faces of the Buddy the Elf folks. There is fun to be had by all.
First stop, small bonfire with your friends, or you could make it a date night in front of the fire place with rumchata and hot chocolate(cough, cough, Jen). Throw some whipped cream on the spicy hot chocolate, turn the lights down and the Christmas lights up, and enjoy. It is a good way to get in a relaxed and jolly state.
Next stop, Christmas light dates!!! Hot chocolate and Christmas lights, and laughter. This is guaranteed to be a good time no matter what. Rhema Church in Broken Arrow has a beautiful walk through that never gets old. Downtown Tulsa also has some really pretty set ups. This could be a group of friends and family, or even date night. Woolorac has been decorated and is really pretty this year, and it also has a museum. It is beautiful without Christmas lights, so I can guarantee that it is beautiful with them. It sits 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville on HWY 123. Definitely worth checking out.
Now that we have been out and about light gazing, it is time to get extra cheesy. Matching Christmas pajamas and Christmas movies, anyone? I think this would be the way to end a family and friend outing or even a date night outing. You might even make it a December tradition. Bake some Christmas cookies and snacks, and send some quality time with your loved ones.
There is also Winterfest in Downtown Tulsa, where you can get your Grinchy laughs watching your friends and family attempt to ice skate. I would call this is a bonding experience as you compare bruises afterwards. While you are Downtown, you could check out the Tulsa PAC, they always have great Christmas shows.
The holidays are not easy for everyone, nor are they enjoyable for everyone. These are a handful of ways I have found that help me get into the Spirit and enjoy the season. Keeping busy with these things helps me to take my mind off of the not so pleasant parts of the holiday season, and enjoy it with my family and friends. Grab your own Grinch`s and go for it. It truly does wonders for them, and for you.
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