Make it a New Year's Date

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Sparking Up The New Year

Today it seems like 24 hours is just too short for one day - and forget getting your work done in just 8 hours.  That does not include traffic; travel; shopping; taking care of the kids; mowing the yard; making meals; and taking out the trash.  No matter how busy we get, there’s no excuse for compromising or giving up our role as fathers and husbands.  Speaking about taking out the trash, when’s the last time you took your wife for a special night out? 

Over the years of being together, our romantic flames can sometimes need to be refueled.  Also, once we have kids to deal with, we sometimes ignore our jobs as husbands and end up playing the Daddy roles. As much as we love spending time with our kids, we need not take our wives for granted. While a lot of us may not realize it, there are actually very simple ways to keep the flames of love alive.  New Years would be a good chance to impress our wives. So let’s kick-start the year with a surprise evening that is bound to put a smile on her face.  Here are a couple of suggestions to give your wife a New Year’s happy beginning.

DINNER FOR TWO - Yes, I know it seems cliché.  This always comes out in dating websites and advice blogs.  But believe me when I say that this never gets old if you just put her desires (quality time) ahead of yours (stuffing your face)!  Remember to pick a quiet restaurant with a non-traditional menu… something you don’t eat all the time.  Experiment and expand your palate.  Plus don’t forget just a little candlelight and wine too.  It’s always a good idea to celebrate the coming of the New Year with a little intimacy – and include your wife, ok?  Also - dinner could be over and done well before midnight so you would be able to make it home and have the countdown with your whole family.

FireworksMAKE HER SEE FIREWORKS – Wouldn’t it be great to see your wife’s eyes sparkle and light up just like when you were dating?  I know I would.  Taking her out to see a magnificent fireworks show is a sure fire way to impress your wife.  It would easily make them think how lucky they are to have married such a romantic husband like us.  Which we really are of course!

GIVE HER THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - While some of us don’t have materialistic wives, it’s still not a bad idea to give her something special for New Year’s.  While most gifts are traditionally reserved for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas - a special gift on New Year’s Day is bound to surprise her because it’s unexpected.  It doesn’t have to be pricey or extravagant.  Simple jewelry or something you know that she really wants or needs will do just fine.  But make it unusual…no pots or pans, and for God’s sake do not give her a vacuum cleaner or you’re going to be the one seeing stars and fireworks... from the dog house!

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION GIFT - Oftentimes, we work so hard and go home tired that we think only of ourselves and forget that our wives work just as hard.  They have an additional work too, as they look after the kids as well as their husbands.  So it may be a good idea to tell her that you plan to help her out more this year.  Make a promise to take turns with the dishes, help out with the laundry or clean up the house once in a while. Give her the gift of time and good deeds.  Don’t just say it of course. Do it!

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