Queerie Me: How Do I Get a Kiss on Christmas/ Channukah/ New Year’s Eve/ Summer Solstice/ Kwanzaa/ the Holidays

Dear Queerie Bradshaw,

My question is short but not simple: How can I get a kiss on Christmas/ Channukah/ New Year’s Eve/ Summer Solstice/ Kwanzaa/ the Holidays?


Not-So-Smooth Operator


Dear NSSO,

‘Tis the season for some action. The holidays, whichever one(s) you celebrate, make a perfect excuse to do something a bit out of your comfort zone and provide a constantly set mood. Here are just a few of the many ways in which you can get yourself a holiday kiss:

Mistletoe: Sure, Christmas is over tomorrow, but mistletoe is always in season. I leave my dried mistletoe up all year, providing me with an excuse to kiss whomever walks into my house – which is good to know if you ever visit me.
Twinkle lights: Channukah is the festival of lights, providing you with seven excuses to hang out in candlelight with your potential kiss-mate. Or try showing off your Christmas tree lights, something that also requires hanging out in semi-darkness. Or you could just go for it and lay in bed and wrap yourself in Christmas lights like this photo from Design Crush.

Don’t have any lights of your own? Try flipping through YouTube videos (with the lights off of course) until the mood strikes you to make your move. May we suggest this ridiculous hamster song video (turn the music off if you’re easily annoyed):

Mulled wine: While I am adamantly against using alcohol for sexual advances, there is something romantic about a good glass of mulled wine, or svařené víno as I learned to call it in the Czech Republic when we drank this stuff nightly. With your house full of the smells of the season, you both won’t be able to help yourselves. Don’t drink? That’s ok, spiced cider is just as fun.

Love Actually: If the mulled wine isn’t enough, try turning this movie on, it will get anyone in the making out mood.


Ice Skating: Can’t skate? Perfect. Use your new bruises and bumps as an excuse to get a healing kiss from your love interest.

New Year’s Eve: You practically have to kiss the person next to you on New Year’s Eve, so position yourself next to your potential kiss-mate and pucker up for midnight.

So go ahead NSSO, take a risk, and if you get rejected, just say you were caught up in the holiday spirit.

Happy Holidays,

Queerie Bradshaw

About Queerie Bradshaw

Lauren Marie Fleming is a writer, speaker and motivator known for her intimate, informative and often hilarious look at sex, relationships and body-image. Lauren runs the critically-acclaimed QueerieBradshaw.com blog, writes for major news sources including VICE, Nerve, Huffington Post and Curve, and is the author of her memoir Losing It: My Life as a Sex Blogger. In 2013, Lauren founded Frisky Feminist Press (FriskyFeminist.com) as a way to enhance conversations about sexuality through educational guides, online classes and entertaining publications. A law school graduate, Lauren has spoken all over the United States and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, engaging style. In everything she does, Lauren’s goal is to educate, remove stigmas and encourage people to achieve their desires.
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