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The Final 23rd Date of 2010

Later today, the husband and I will be off on our twelfth 23rd date. I admit that I'm impressed that we did honor last year's Christmas gift to each other.  Every 23rd of the month, we dropped everything and took off for an afternoon or a whole day. We drove back roads we've always wanted to explore. We hiked unfamiliar parks, strolled along beaches, and wandered in nearby cities. When it rained, we took ourselves to movies and, on one occasion, to the Egyptian museum. I wrote about some of our adventures, which you can find here, if you're interested.

Our final 23rd date of the year will be a shopping adventure. Yep, shopping. The activity the husband probably dislikes to do the most. But, it is time for us to do some Christmas shopping for each other, so why not on our 23rd date. To make it fun, we made a few rules.
  1. We can only spend $10. Uh-huh, ten bucks, including taxes.
  2. We must purchase at least 5 items for each other.
  3. No handmade items allowed. 
  4. Handmade coupons for perishable items (such as food or flowers) to be bought later are allowed. The item and price, including tax, has to be written on the coupon. 
  5. We can only buy presents in our county. There are only two small cities in this county, folks.
  6. We must complete our shopping in a town or store within an agreed time limit, which we will determine before we each go our separate ways in the town or store.
He-he. Fun, yes? In case you're wondering, we are giving ourselves the gift of 23rd dates in 2011, too. I love my life with the husband!

Today's Christmas song is from Peter, Paul, and Mary—"A 'Soalin'."  Enjoy!


  1. What a great idea! I think you'll be surprised what you can get for $10, especially with it being this close to Christmas!

  2. OK ... I want a rundown on how it worked out... after Christmas will do

  3. I love this idea! I can't wait to hear how you both did on your shopping trip. I'm thinking that David and I need to borrow something similar to your 23rd dates. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me and for your kind comments!

    Merry Christmas to you and your husband!

  4. Mary, I was indeed!

    widdershins, you bet I will!

    Candace, I hope you do it! For me, the 23rd dates remind me of how we were when we were "courting" each other.


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