By Lori Bizocco for SingleEdition.com
For those of Christian faith, the thought of meeting someone new or going on a date at midnight while the majority of people are sleeping can tempt our moral values by inviting sexual immorality, drinking and corruption of judgment. You’ve heard the saying, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” That statement resonates even stronger for those who are religious. Bars and nightclubs seem to be the main attraction during this “witching hour,” but these venues are not appropriate for those of faith.
So, why even consider going out on a date or trying to find someone special after midnight? For many people, there isn’t much of a choice. With the downturn of the economy, more people are taking odd jobs, working longer hours and doing what they can to survive. Others are working overnight shifts and finding it hard to meet someone at hours when society, peers and the church would deem appropriate.
If you are caught in a Cinderella-like situation, don’t despair when the clock-strikes midnight. There are ways to make a move even when the sun has settled. Following are a few appropriate late-night date ideas to try out this holiday season:
Oh Holy Night!
Christians know that one of the holiest days of the entire liturgical year (second to Easter) is December 25th. It’s also a time when most churches hold midnight mass for their patrons to worship Christ on this feast of his nativity. At this time, millions of Christians will gather in the house of the Lord. Midnight Mass is a unique way to enjoy a date or it could be an opportunity to meet someone new during this happy time of the year. Only one week later is a celebration for the New Year; another momentous and acceptable occasion to celebrate with someone special after midnight. Instead of gathering at the local pub or getting caught up in the commotion of wild parties and drinking, find out what organized activities are happening through your local congregation for single Christians. This will bring you closer to meeting other faith-based marriage-minded singles looking to meet someone too.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Being single during the Christmas season doesn’t get any better than for those looking to meet someone at night. Beginning on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and extending through December 25th, stores remain open late with some of the bigger department stores staying open 24 hours. This is a great way to get your Christmas shopping done while meeting those of Christian faith at the same time. Most single women know that the best way to meet a man is to shop in the men’s department. This season, get that good-looking strangers advice on the sweater you just picked out for dad while you are chatting about how you’ll both be celebrating the religious holiday. If you are daring enough, you could even suggest shopping for Christmas gifts as a unique idea for a date. You could both check things off your list while getting advice on presents for your parents or siblings.
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
When we think of dating after midnight, most of us conjure up negative images. However, there are appropriate date ideas that take place when others are sleeping. It’s a matter of doing a little research to find out what exists in your area. Those that take place in most areas of the country include midnight bowling (also known as Rock-n-bowl), late-night movies, working out together at the gym, playing pool at a local pool hall, or enjoying a comedy show together. If your city doesn’t feature any of these fun ideas at night take a drive around the city or town in which you live admiring the Christmas decorations. If all else fails, it’s never cliché to ask a date out for a small treat to eat. At midnight, you could opt for a late-night dessert, or yummy cup of hot chocolate.
Lori Bizocoo is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently working on her memoir-in-progress, Single to Baby.