Forget Black Friday: 7 Awesome Holiday Date Ideas

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Movie marathons, peanut butter celebrations and more date ideas for the holiday weekend.

We get it: at this point in the season you're probably corn-mazed and apple-picked out. In September, you're counting down the days until you can unpack your sweater collection and go grab an outdoor bite to eat, even if you're sweating through it. You've already Instagramed enough pumpkin patch pics for the year, and once Thanksgiving hits, you might find yourself coming up empty on the seasonal-idea front, but that's where we step in.

Before you start counting down the days until your annual Christmakuh bash, we've got a few date ideas that should take you straight through Thanksgiving weekend!


Boycott Black Friday
Let's face it: Black Friday is horrifying. Instead of spending the day trying not to loose a limb (or a coupon), spend it in bed with your partner, surfacing only if leftovers are involved.

Embrace Your Peanut Butter Craving
You've probably had your fair share of apple and pumpkin flavored treats over the last two months, so why not switch up your dessert menu in lieu of November being National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Gather some recipes that the two of you can bake together, and then indulge in your decadent dessert by the fire … or in the bedroom.

Warm Up And Unwind
Hanging out with your extended family can be a blast … but it can also be super stressful, especially if you’re busy playing host! Book a couples massage for the Saturday or Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The warmth and scent of the massage oils will allow both of you to unwind and focus on the reasons you are thankful to for each other, sans the family pressure.

Movie Marathon Your Way Through Leftovers
Line up a movie marathon list that you and your partner can spend the weekend crossing off, based on celebrities who celebrate November birthdays. For starters, you've got David Schwimmer (and those Friends Thanksgiving episodes are unrivaled, if you ask me), Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling (!), Anne Hathaway, and Ben Stiller. You can each pick a couple of flicks, cozy up and chill out until Monday.

Volunteer Together
There's no better way to express gratitude for all that you have than giving back to others in need. Check out a local soup kitchen in your area, and see if they could use an extra hand on Thanksgiving weekend. Putting on your do-gooders caps will bring you closer together, and will give you a whole new appreciation for one another.
Make Your New Year's Resolution A Few Months Early
One hearty holiday meal down … many more to go, at least until mid-January, when most people's New Year's resolutions begin to kick in and fitness classes become swamped. Make a gym pact together this weekend (while you're still digesting) and research the type of classes you're interested in. Sign up on Monday morning!
Have Hotter Sex
Three whole days off of work together with nothing to do … hmm how ever will you spend all of that time? Check out some fun sex positions to bring into your bedroom (or kitchen … or dining room … or shower … whatever you feel like!). Better yet, have a glass of leftover Thanksgiving wine and swap fantasy scenarios! Nothing is off–limits.