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Whether you like it or not, the Christmas season equals engagement season. For years men have used the season of family get-togethers, fragrant evergreen trees and twinkling lights to gift the perfect Christmas present to any woman: an engagement ring.

According to Brides magazine, December is the most popular month of the year to get engaged, as well as the most popular winter month for weddings.

In midst of a season that can already be lonely and frustrating for Catholic singles, these statistics threaten to inhibit any remaining amounts of holiday joy. Let’s face it – no iPad, gift card or holiday vacation can compare to a life-long commitment to that special someone.

In a 2005 New York Times article, several couples detailed  why they decided to put a ring on it during the holidays. “I think it was a way to cheer me up,” said Kalshelia Brown, a financial director at an advertising agency in Manhattan. “The holidays are special, and it made it more special for us.”

Others drop down to one knee around Christmas for the opportunity to share the special news with relatives and loved ones in person, creating even greater excitement for the engagement. It’s a romantic, holy time of year, worthy of an equally romantic and holy announcement.

So brace yourself this month for the diamond ogling, the hysterical phone calls and the holiday-parties-turned-engagement-celebrations.

It may not be you this year sporting a sparkling princess-cut ring, but you never know….it could eventually be you.

Once the New Year hits, you can move into 2011 with hopes of new relationships and new chances to find love.

As for the Christmas proposals, it’s overdone, anyway.

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2 Comments

  1. Lucia-551179 December 18, 2010

    Thanks for the warning but it’s a little too late: A colleague of mine got married a week ago. She was someone I mentored when she was a newcomer at my job. I knew the groom from college marching band. Talk about small worlds! It’s great to see him step up as well as her as happy as anyone could hope to be. This is a great time for new beginnings, and I would welcome a Christmas engagement if I should ever be so lucky to be asked the big question!

  2. Caris-883069 December 7, 2012

    This article is kind of sad. I’m not anywhere near an engagement but I don’t think Christmas engagements are ever “over done anyways.” The engagement is about 2 people becoming one…you should never enter into the discernment of marriage just to “be happy around the holidays.” That’s missing the point of engagement entirely. It’s more than a feeling – it’s making the decision that for the rest of your life, you want to love, sacrifice, and suffer with that person. There’s a reason that Christmas is so symbolic for engagements. The word “Advent” literally means: To Wait. It’s a time in the Catholic church that signifies something Big is coming and we need to be preparing our hearts. I personally couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to get engaged.

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