12 People Recall Holiday Memories with Past Partners

A couple sharing a holiday memory in the lights.

The holidays are about getting together with family, friends, and the occasional kiss under the mistletoe. We asked daters at the popular online dating site and app Zoosk to share their favorite holiday micro-memories with a partner. Of the thousands of responses we received, we picked our 12 favorites to share. Each are memorable, loving, sweet, and short. We hope they warm your heart, too.

“Cuddled in front of the fireplace with eggnog, in ugly sweaters. There was nothing said, but it was this quiet, peaceful moment that created a lot of joy.”

“Doing the 12 days before Christmas and giving him something for everyday.”

“He came over, ate, and spent alone time with just me while my kids were away.”

“Our first Christmas morning, waking in bed together, and enjoying the morning together, alone with our first tree, a real tree—just us two relaxing taking our time. We were in our first house we’d bought after six months in an apartment, and we were on cloud nine.”

“Driving in separate vehicles following each other to her families out of town, talking on two-way radios.”

“Walking in the falling snow at midnight, holding hands, and kissing in the middle of the street.”

“Eating cracked crab, drinking a bottle of Mateus, on the floor by a nice fire and listing to Neil Diamonds album Hot August Nights.”

“The first Christmas with my first wife. We had very little but were able to create magic anyway.”

“Hiking on Kilauea Christmas Day and getting within a quarter mile of the flowing lava.”

“Celebrating New Year’s Eve and a first date at Northville Downs and winning on the last race that went off at midnight when they used to turn all the lights off. I won $500 and bought dinner for everyone that came to the event.”

“Christmas morning, before both sets of children were to arrive, me and my then wife went up into the Cascade Mountains and filled the back of my truck with snow and shoveled it onto the front walkway.”

“Living with the man I loved and waking up together on Christmas morning, going to church, cooking together, and spending it with family and friends.”

“Going away to the Poconos for overnight at a B&B two days after Christmas: the snow on the ground, fireplaces in restaurants, Christmas lights, and decorations. Coming back to a warm bed in a romantic setting and just spending quality time as a couple in love with each other.”

“Falling asleep cuddled up on the couch on New Year’s Eve, while watching old black and white Thin Man movies.”

“Having a little party, just the two of us, and the cat, putting lights on the tree with the Tijuana Brass Christmas album playing.”

No matter where you find yourself these holidays, remember that you’re loved and there’s always good now and on the horizon. Memories are a great reminder that what you’re looking for is out there, even when it’s cold outside. Cheers to making new ones.

Alex Bocknek

Alex Bocknek is the senior editor of The Date Mix and works at Zoosk, the online dating service. He’s also a recovering music critic and an aspiring fiction writer (probably lost) on the way to an independent bookstore near you. He can be found occasionally musing about politics, philosophy, and love in the modern world.

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