A Dating Diaries Adventure: My 12 Dates of Christmas

I’ve always wanted to star in a chick flick. Wait, that’s not quite right. I’ve always wanted my life to be a chick flick. Yeah, that’s the one.

Don’t look at me like that. You know you’ve thought the same thing. I mean, come on, hunky leading men, humor, romance, and just the perfect amount of drama. Sounds dreamy, right?

A couple of years ago I discovered the magic of made for TV Christmas movies. And by “discovered the magic,” I mean “got completely sucked into them to the point that I lost virtually all productivity during the month of December.” Since then I haven’t just wanted to star in a chick flick, I’ve wanted to star in a Christmas chick flick.

The other day I watched a movie called 12 Dates of Christmas. Think Groundhog Day, then make it a chick flick, add in a Christmas theme and some cheesy lines, and you get the gist of it. Needless to say, I LOVED it!

This gave me the idea to do my own 12 Dates of Christmas experiment. The big difference being that instead of reliving the same date over and over, I decided I wanted my version to involve me going on 12 dates with 12 different guys, most of whom would be strangers, and then blogging about what happens. Sounds easy enough, right?

I knew I had to move fast to line up the dates, so I did what any normal person would do . . . I turned to Facebook.

Friends responded and shared my request, slots began to fill up (I still have a couple of openings if anyone is interested), and I started getting nervous and excited for this little adventure. It became quickly apparent that I needed to set some ground rules for myself. Here’s what I came up with:

12 Dates of Christmas Ground Rules

(Sounds official, right?)

Rule #1: No Facebook stalking before the date.

That’s right, I’m going into these things as blindly as possible. You know how it is, someone wants to set you up on a date, so you go stalk the person on Facebook. When you see one bad picture of them you start to rule them out and make up stories about how they’re not for you and they probably kick puppies in their spare time. No? Just me? Hmmmm.

Anyway, I want to go into the dates with as few preconceived notions as possible. Hence, the less I know, the better. I’m just trusting that no one is setting me up with a serial killer or anything crazy.


Rule #2: No setting the date up for failure.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the best dating stories come from dates that go horribly awry. Even so, I’m not going to set these guys up for embarrassment or anything of the sort. I’m just going to let the dates unfold however they do. Don’t worry, with me on the date there are guaranteed to be plenty of awkward moments, but those just come naturally. I’m not going to purposely make the date go badly.


Rule #3: 

Apparently I was only able to come up with two rules.


Well, my first date is tomorrow, so stay tuned for the recap and to see where this little adventure takes me. And thanks in advance to the guys who have stepped up to be a part of this. This is going to be fun. I promise.