The holidays are a time filled with family, friends, and parties. The days leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be very hectic. Then when the Holiday actually arrives, if you are a family of two (you and your significant other), most seem to forget about you. Most people have children or family close by to celebrate with. If you are a family of two Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can get lonely and boring.
A great tradition to start on Christmas Eve is to go to a movie and then out to dinner. Some of the movies out in time for Christmas Eve are "American Hustle", "All the Light in the Sky", "Wrong Cops" and "Strong Black Woman", to name a few.
On Christmas Day the new releases are "47 Ronin", "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", "Grudge Match", and "The Wolf of Wall Street". Check you local listings for times and a theater near you.
There may not be many restaurants that are open Christmas Eve night. Here are some that will be open in the Avondale/Litchfield Park/ Goodyear area. Dinos (Greek/Italian)open until 10 p.m., Romano's Macaroni Grill (Italian) open until 8 p.m., Manuels (Mexican) open until 8 p.m., Applebees (American) open until 8 p.m., and Village Inn (American/Breakfast) open until midnight and until 4 p.m. Christmas Day; All the other restaurants listed are closed Christmas Day.
You will be pleasantly surprised with the restaurants that are open. It will probably be the best service you will have all year (after all it is Christmas Eve). The staff will be friendly and efficient. There will be little or no wait.
The other patrons enjoying a quiet restaurant on Christmas Eve will also have their spirits up. You may meet some friendly people that you may bump into throughout the year, especially if you are in the bar area of the restaurant. You may even start buying each other drinks and toasting to Christmas.
Christmas Day can be a little bit trickier to find things to do. Most every place is closed and if you want to eat save some leftovers from the night before or have groceries bought ahead of time. This will save you from a frozen pizza on Christmas Day!
A nice holiday movie at home is always a great choice or a trip to one of the local casinos can be a fun and sometimes a lucrative time out. The Casinos will have Christmas Day meals available in their restaurants. Whatever you choose to do for your Christmas for two enjoy each other! There may not be too many other times during the year that you can spend this much time together alone.