According to a survey of 7,000 people in the UK, Christmas Eve is the most popular day for marriage proposals, which makes a lot of sense as a matter of romance and convenience. The holidays make us all romantic and dreamy, and in addition, we're already meeting up with family, so we can share the news. It's a win-win situation!
Valentine's Day came at a close second because apparently being assailed by commodified tokens of love has given couples a bleak enough outlook on society to know they're probably better off weathering the storm together—a strength in numbers thing. (Valentine's Day, maybe you can be number one when you drum up a hit holiday anthem crooned by the incomparable Mariah Carey. Just a pointer.) Interestingly enough, more women prefer a Valentine's Day proposal to a Christmas Eve one, although popping the question on the anniversary of getting together is also pretty popular.
One of the more surprising results from the survey was that 15% of women surveyed wanted to be proposed to using some sort of tech, like e-mail, text, social media, or just over the phone. I have no immediate plans for marriage, but I know that if I decide to take the leap, I'm going to propose to my partner by making him complete a series of challenges inspired by Legends of a Hidden Temple (if so much as a drop of moat water gets on him, he's out). And the 'temple artifact' that he must find will actually be a bottle of Maker's Mark with a ring at the bottom. Shit, you gotta EARN this. The proposal, of course, will occur during Navaratri, the nine-day Hindu festival, so there will be some time to complete the task.
Happy proposing folks!
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