Pick-A-Year Date Night

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Today I was in the grocery store when I paused to talk for awhile to an elderly man who has worked there for as long as I can remember. I mentioned to me his age, and I honestly had to ask him to repeat what he said.

“I’m 96.”

“96? Are you serious?” I couldn’t believe it!

He pulled out his driver’s license to confirm he was indeed born in 1916. That’s incredible on so many counts. He was born during World War I–unbelievable. And he’s still working loading my groceries in a bag with a huge smile on his face. I told him he had made my day; he had!

This gave me the idea for our featured date night idea.

Each year is full of it’s own highlights from history, sports, food and entertainment. Why not pick a year–any year–and celebrate it in a memorable way with your spouse? You can do something low-key at home, or go all out and enjoy a night on the town. The possibilities are endless. 

First, do some research about the year you’ve selected. After you’ve discovered lots of interesting facts, choose what sounds fun to you. It could be doing something together that was invented that year. Or fixing a meal based on a recipe from a favorite TV show. Whatever you do, have fun talking about the unusual events of the year.  I discovered that in 1977 France executed their last person by guillotine–certainly not an idea for your date, but an interesting fact to discuss nonetheless. The People History is a great resource where you can choose a year and find all you ever wanted to know about a specific year, and more.

The whole purpose is to have fun doing something together out of the ordinary. We can all use some inspiration, can’t we?

Following is an example of lists you could pull from to spark ideas for your date. We’ve chosen the year 1977 because this is the year I graduated from high school.

What year stands out to you as one worth exploring?

The year – 1977

Best Movie: Annie Hall. (Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind were all box office hits although they didn’t win an Oscar.)

Grammy Awards

Record of the Year: “Hotel California” … The Eagles
Best Song: “You Light Up My Life” … Joe Brooks
Best Album: “Rumours” … Fleetwood Mac
Male Vocalist: James Taylor … “Handy Man
Female Vocalist: Barbra Streisand … “Love theme from ‘A Star Is Born’ (Evergreen)”

Most Popular Television Shows

1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
2. Happy Days (ABC)
3. Three’s Company (ABC)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. Charlie’s Angels (ABC)
6. All in the Family (CBS)
7. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
8. Alice (CBS)
9. M*A*S*H (CBS)
10. One Day at a Time (CBS)

Most Popular Books

Fiction:
1. “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough
3. “Illusions” by Richard Bach
4. “The Honourable Schoolboy” by John Le Carre
5. “Oliver’s Story” by Erich Segal

Nonfiction
1. “Roots” by Alex Haley
2. “Looking Out for #1” by Robert Ringer
3. “All Things Wise and Wonderful” by James Herriot
4. “Your Erroneous Zones” by Dr. Wayne Dyer
5. “The Book of Lists” by David Wallechinsky

About Debi Walter

Face it, marriage is hard work. But when cultivated daily the fruit produced will satisfy for a lifetime. We're here to help with ideas and encouragement along the way. Having been married 36 years and counting, we share what we've learned with practical tips, Biblical Truths, Date night ideas to help you plow your own vineyard for God's glory.
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8 Responses to Pick-A-Year Date Night

  1. Sharon O says:

    wow that was when TV was worth watching… remember so many shows centered around family?? interesting.

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  2. Alecia says:

    Fantastic, creative idea. Love it!

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  3. Interesting. This is a great idea to do when we share our dinners with friends. Sounds like the perfect activity for next Friday night…
    (I only watched three of those shows, read three of those fiction books, all the non-fictions, and still listen to all those tunes!)

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    • Debi Walter says:

      Roy, it sounds like 1977 was a great year for you. That’s when I graduated from high school, so I loved 1977. Let us know how your dinner goes. Tom and I did 1985 last night, and I even printed a bunch of interesting facts to talk about and remember. It was a fun night.

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  4. Adam's Eve says:

    What a great idea! I really enjoy the 50s and the 30s. My husband is a fan of 1969 with the moon landing. We’ll have to try this!

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  5. What a cool post! Wow, 1977 – My husband was a little 8 year old in Southern California and I was a 10 year old in Spokane Washington – but I remember all those TV shows! I’m totally going to bookmark this page and put these ideas into practice duringa weekend getaway.

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    • Debi Walter says:

      Ok, you’ve completely made me feel old. LOL! At least you recognize the TV shows. 🙂 Have fun on your weekend getaway. What year are you going to choose?

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    • Annie says:

      🙂 Gina, I was a 7 y/o in Spokane WA! Small world!

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