Celebrate Christmas with a Festive (and Flirty!) Date Night In

My husband and I are rarely at our own home on Christmas Eve. We tend to do a lot of traveling around the holidays because we have family spread across Tennessee. So, we celebrate Christmas just the two of us with a festive date night in, usually before Christmas Day. Having a holiday date night at home gives us the opportunity to exchange gifts in the privacy of our own home and to spend some festive, quality time as husband and wife before visiting family. Our Christmas date night in serves as a tradition – and a sexy one at that!


How We Celebrate Christmas Just the Two of Us

Our holiday date night at home is always flirty and festive. Our evening celebrating Christmas just the two of us involves yummy hors d’oeuvres, holiday beverages and me wearing some festive lingerie. I just love getting dressed up in Christmas lingerie, especially since I don’t wear that lingerie year-round. The rest of the evening is up in the air – it all depends on the next day’s plans.


Ideally, we’ll treat this evening as Christmas Eve (even if it’s not), and I’ll leave cookies, milk and champagne out for Santa. (Which, I usually eat/drink myself because my husband forgets. Hence the champagne.) We then pretend it’s Christmas morning the next day. We’ll have coffee and mimosas, open our stockings – watching Tonka dig things out of his – then we’ll open gifts. Then, we’ll make some sort of brunch. Last year I used crescent rolls to make a giant candy cane stuffed with cream cheese and cherry filling. It truly does feel like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!


For some date night in hair and makeup inspiration and my step-by-step process for creating a sexy ambiance, grab my checklist for a perfectly sexy date night at home.

Now, let’s talk about menus and outfits for a Christmas date night at home!

 Menu Ideas for a Festive Date Night In

No party is complete without refreshments – including parties for two! I prepare for our holiday date night at home the same way I would if we were having others join us. I plan a good spread, there’s plenty of beverages, and I bring out all the good platters and serving dishes. It makes it feel fancy!


I try to stick to finger foods for our Christmas date night in. And, I do my best to keep foods light – because a girl wants to get a little action and doesn’t need to feel bloated. Here are some menu ideas and items I’ve served before:


  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Crockpot meatballs
  • Artichoke parmesan bites
  • Bruschetta crostinis
  • Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
  • Meat and cheese tray
  • Buffalo chicken dip
  • Fruit skewers
  • Chocolates
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Christmas cookies
  • Champagne
  • Whiskey and cokes
  • Tequila mules


I typically opt for three to four hors d’oeuvres and one dessert item. I buy ingredients for one to two cocktails, depending on whether we’ll drink the same thing.


Outfit Ideas for a Festive Date Night In

Wearing lingerie is something I love to do, especially when it has a theme! So, primping for our Christmas date night in is half the fun. I’ll typically wear something Santa-themed, like a Santa lingerie teddy, with a robe and slippers or tall black boots. From babydolls and bodysuits to matching bra/panty sets – anything goes! I like sticking to red, burgundy, white or black garments. And, you can wear a robe over your outfit to keep the chill away. (I have something similar to this black lacy robe and love it.)


If you’re not into wearing lingerie, wear something that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful! I always feel sexy in an oversized sweater, bralette, simple panty and knee-high stockings. (Don’t forget to snag my checklist for a perfectly sexy date night at home!)


It’s important to keep your marriage fresh by continuing to date your spouse. Our Christmas tradition serves that purpose, while also allowing us to celebrate the meaning of Christmas just the two of us. In addition to our festive date night at home, my husband and I go on a Christmas date out each year. This year, we went to a walk-through Christmas light display and attended the Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting before cozying up in a coffee shop. (And, these little outings are traditions we can do as a family once we have children one day.)


As an adult, it seems like Christmas comes and goes in a flash. Our little traditions help the Christmas magic linger a little longer. Do you and your spouse take some time just for each other to celebrate the holiday season? I’d love to hear your traditions in the comments below!

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