I was chatting with a co-worker and we got on the topic of his wife. He mentioned to me that their first date was the best date that he'd ever been on. I'm sure a lot of guys, or people in general, feel that way about their significant other. I certainly hope so anyway!
This made me start to evaluate what makes a great date so great. Fortunately for me, I've never been on a "bad date". Sure, I've been on dates and have not been into the guy one bit, or other dates where the guy turns into a crazy clinger. However, at the end of the day, I usually always ended up having a good time in the moment. So what makes a date great? For my co-worker, it was a marathon movie day. It was raining so he picked her up in the afternoon to catch a movie. After the movie was over, he asked if she would be interested in seeing another. They ended up watching 3 movies in total that day.
I, on the other hand, enjoy spontaneity and good conversation. I don't think there was a second of silence on my first date with the bf. We went for sushi, which we both love. We ended up finding out we both love wine, are really into music and share similar tastes in that area, we both studied abroad in Spain and the list goes on and on. As for spontaneous, one of your first dates was Christmas shopping. I know, that doesn't sound very exciting, but it was awesome! We both love the holidays, but don't really care for the whole shopping aspect of it. We both tend to procrastinate, so we decided randomly that it would be much better to meet up, have a drink or two and then hit the malls. We took our time, observed all of the other people running around like crazy and enjoyed the experience more than trying to hurry and rush through the mall. Come to think of it, I'm not sure how much shopping we actually got accomplished that day. We had such a good time that it's actually an annual tradition for us.
I think everyone has a different opinion on what makes a great date, or maybe it is something that you can't set criteria for. Whatever you judge it by, I think there's one common denominator among all great dates and that is when everyone is simply being themselves. No bull, just two people having fun. In case you're someone that needs a little assistance on great dates, I've attached a link to a great article that might help you out. Enjoy!