The Ultimate Winter Break Bucket List For Couples

The Ultimate Winter Break Bucket List For Couples

"Prepare for endless wipeouts accompanied by endless giggles."

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Everybody has high hopes to be cuffed during the holidays because this time of year gives us the opportunity to go on the cutest and most Instagram-worthy dates. However, winter break is never long enough and we're always left wishing that we had more time and more dates to go on with our significant other. For the couples looking to make the most out of the limited time that they have together over winter break, here are 15 holiday dates that you'll regret not going on:

1. Ice skating date

Not only is ice skating a super cute and absolute essential for any couple over winter break, but it's relatively cheap (if not free), and gives you an excuse to hold their hand.

2. Build a gingerbread house

Nothing is cuter than cuddling up together and decorating a gingerbread house. Warning: there will be playful fighting involved about which decorations go where.

3. Holiday lights drive

Break out the Michael Bublé Christmas Album and just go for a drive! For virtually no time and no cost, you can't beat a drive around town to check out the coolest neighborhoods decked out in lights.

4. Decorate sugar cookies

There is absolutely nothing that can go wrong with a cute date like decorating sugar cookies (besides constantly having to remind him that he actually needs to decorate the cookies, not just eat the frosting).

5. Christmas movies and chill

Netflix is home to all of the best Christmas movies like Love Actually, Bad Santa, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. After you've binge watched all of the essentials, check out the $5 movie bin at Target where you can usually find other essential movies like The Polar Express, Home Alone 2, and Elf.

6. Build a fort

Grab all of your blankets and pillows and set up a giant fort complete with candles, hot chocolate, and endless giggles.

7. Create a local coffee-tasting tour

Create a route around your town that hits all of the best coffee shops. Spend a day with your bae sampling all of the different coffee flavors (bonus points if you can keep every drink holiday themed).

8. Board games and wine night

Nothing is better than getting cozy next to the fire and creating a little friendly competition with board games and holiday-inspired beverages.

9.  Help each other Christmas shop

Let's face it, you know what his mom and sister would like better than he does and he knows what your dad and brother would like better than you do. Make Christmas shopping more enjoyable (and a whole lot less stressful) by spending a day at the mall together and getting your shopping out of the way.

10.  Create the ultimate hot chocolate bar

Head to the grocery store together and pick up every possible hot chocolate topping you can think of: candy canes, cinnamon, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, syrups, marshmallows. Bring it all home and have fun experimenting with different flavors!

11.  Go caroling together

Prepare a few fun Christmas songs (perhaps Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe") and show up on your friends' porches ready to put on a show.

12.  Go snowboarding or sledding

Head to your local slopes for perhaps the most fun date the two of you will ever go on. Prepare for endless wipeouts accompanied by endless giggles.

13.  Attend a hockey game

Whether it's high school, college, or pro, attending a hockey game together is an absolute must for the holiday season!

14.  Have a snowman building contest

...only if you can handle that level of competition. It may get intense.

15.  Just cuddle

Nothing beats the winter blues like simply getting out the fuzziest blankets and spending some quality time snuggled up together.

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An Open Letter To The Girl In A Toxic Relationship Who Doesn't See The Signs To Let Go

"it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing" -R.H Sin

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Dear you,

I hope you're doing well. I once thought I was too. I once thought that if he would just change, for me, everything would work. However, my sweet girl, you should not have to change people, you should not have to push people to be better, for you. You cannot help anyone, that does not want to help themselves.

In the movies, we learn to love a bad boy that needs changing. However, it isn't always your job to be boys saving grace. However, his shaming and emotional abuse is not just something you should put up with so that you can love him. That is not loving.

Love is not a constant competition of who could belittle the other one first. Love is not asking for a hug and being told no. Love does not make you feel stupid for bringing up things that hurt your feelings.

Love does not grow angry because you talk to your mom about your feelings. Love does not body shame. Love does not constantly change the passcode to their phone.

Love does not laugh when you find out they're unfaithful. Love does not tell you that you are not smart enough to accomplish anything. Love does not force their hand up your thigh when the words "no" slip out of your mouth.

Love is the warmth of a hand on your cheek when you get anxious. Love is getting your backpack out the car for you. Love is turning around when you need them. Love compromises.

Love is encouraging. Love is proud. Love is forgiving. Love sees you for who you are. Love knows you are worthy.

God is your Father and you are His daughter, so do not believe for one second that this abuse is the love you think you deserve.

Love will not always be easy. Love will be challenging and a constant prayer to not anger so quickly.

However, do not mix up challenging with the abuse. If you are losing the good pieces of yourself, then it isn't love. I know that you put a lot of time and effort into this relationship, but it is no good, you are holding on to someone whose heart is not in the right place to love you.

I connected with a poem from R. H. Sin, once I left my toxic relationship which reads, "it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing."

Darling girl, you are so loved by so many people, do not let this relationship hold you back or make you feel less worthy than you are. I have always been the girl with her nose stuck up in the air smelling for smoke, to follow the trail to a burning house to find a boy that needed saving, but it is more than likely a boy that lit the fire in the first place and needs changing.

So, do not be me, be better. Be the girl that lights her own world on fire, for her work, for her family, for God. You are you and you are amazing, so do not fear being without him.

You will feel as if you have come up for air after drowning in an ocean that you had no idea you were swimming in.

The emotional abuse that this boy has put you through and maybe even physical abuse will leave you building walls around your heart. It will make other relationships hard, but you are so so strong.

You will meet someone that makes you so happy and feel so easy to love, you will never understand how you stuck around with the one that hurt you for so long.

You deserve to grow from this, and I promise you will.

Let go.

xoxo,

The girl who learned from a toxic relationship

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Being Far Away From My Boyfriend Actually Strengthened Our Relationship Instead Of Forcing It Apart

While we were apart, we became closer.

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Before I really start this article, I just want to say that my relationship isn't truly a long distance relationship. We are both college students at the same university eight months out of the year, but the other four months we live quite a distance apart. Even during those four months, we are only about 150 miles from each other as the bird flies, but really about three hours from each other.

Being in a relationship where I'm not able to see my boyfriend every day or even every week has been a real challenge. But it's been a good challenge. It hasn't been a challenge because I've felt unfaithful or fallen out of love with him in any way. It's challenging because I miss him. We both work jobs and our schedules aren't the same and oftentimes we aren't able to talk to each other unless it's early in the morning or late at night. There are times when all I want to do is talk to him and tell him about how my day went and get a big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do this.

I firmly believe that being apart from each other for days, weeks, or even months have brought us closer than we could've ever imagined. We knew that this would be difficult, and we knew that there would be bad days, but we decided to power through it. It has made each time that we are able to see each other so much more special and meaningful.

Seeing each other has become more of spending time with each other than just laying around on the couch playing around on our phones. It's become really getting to know each other better and catching up on all the things we had missed. It's become a time for us to simply be in each other's presence and enjoy being able to talk face to face without a phone in the middle of us. We go on more adventurous dates, we take more pictures, and I think we would both easily say that we fall more and more in love with each other after each opportunity we have to spend time together.

Spending time together is no longer a daily activity, but it has become a right to be earned through hard work and several paychecks as travel can become expensive. We no longer take opportunities to see each other for granted, and it has made us grow closer because we aren't able to spend time together often. We look forward to the days when we won't have to worry about being apart but know that this is only a stepping stone in our relationship.

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