Date: September 21, 2013 08:26PM
In high school and jr. high, my TBM children went to movies, and to hang out at friends' houses, and school dances, and to parties, Sometimes, they would come over to our house, too, and mainly talk and laugh.
I was married to a "less active" and later divorced, so I didn't have any couples friends, and most of my single friends had dates on Saturday nights. Since I had the house all to myself, I preferred to stay home and wind down from the busy week. I still liked my job (even on the most stressful days) 100 times better than church, and better than "socializing" with Mormons. I would get ready for Sunday earlier in the day, so my Saturday night wouldn't be ruined. Just me and my dogs and cats and a good movie or book was good enough for me. My job was very social, working with people all day, and traveling.
My non-Mormon adult children have parties, like right now it's a Ute football party, but my daughter and her TBM husband go out EVERY Saturday night with his TBM family of 10 siblings, and all their kids, and have dinner somewhere inexpensive. Dutch treat.
We singles who never wanted to date anyone a second time, would have parties, too, at each other's houses, and for occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (but not on the actual day itself) birthdays, to watch sports, and to have a game-night. No one ever wanted to go with me to do volunteer work, so I did that by myself on Friday. Looking back, that was no real social life at all. Utah parties are not like what we had in California!