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Christmas is not only one of the most popular times to get engaged, it’s also one of the best times of the year to become engaged.
Well, it’s already a happy time of year (at least for most people). Plus, you don’t have to spend a fortune on decorations or setting a scene because hey, it’s Christmas. There are fun and beautiful holiday decorations as a backdrop practically everywhere you turn!
Here are some unique Christmas engagement ideas that should help you when planning your very own fun Christmas proposal…
#1 – Put the engagement ring inside a Christmas ornament.
You could create your own Christmas ornament and put your engagement ring inside, or buy an ornament that “opens” or has interior nooks & crannies. Wait until all the presents have been opened, and then mention there’s one more! You could give her the ornament and let her find the ring inside on her own. Or, you could encourage her find the ornament (with the ring inside) on the tree by giving her clues. Then again, you could always just hang the ring box by a ribbon on the tree — it’s completely up to you!
#2 – Make the engagement ring be the only ornament on the tree.
That’s right, don’t decorate your Christmas tree at all. Simply hang the engagement ring (or the box with the ring inside) on the tree and no other ornaments. Then after she’s done admiring your tree, take the engagement ring down and propose.
#3 – Give her a personalized t-shirt as a Christmas gift.
Have a t-shirt made that says “Future Mrs.” Then be on bended knee with the ring in hand immediately after she opens your gift with the shirt inside. Two places that make personalized t-shirts online: Zazzle and CafePress. You can search for pre-designed engagement t-shirts, or make your own.
#4 – Dress up like Santa Claus.
When you make your grand entrance as Santa Claus, have a bag with “toys” inside. Instead of giving her toys or a candy cane, reach inside and pull out her engagement ring. Santa on bended knee will make great photos!
#5 – If you’re unable to be with her for Christmas…
If, for example, she will be traveling alone to visit family this Christmas, try this: put the engagement ring in a bigger box. Make sure you add some newspaper or something to keep it from rattling. Then send the gift with her to open in front of her family on Christmas day. Once she opens the box, she will see the engagement ring, along with a card asking her to marry you. You can either choose to let at least one member of the family in on the secret (so you’ll be sure to have good photos for a moment you were unable to be there for!) or keep everyone in the dark and propose quietly from afar. Even better… show up and surprise her in person!
#6 – Write your marriage proposal in Christmas lights.
First, you’ll have to break away long enough to spell out “Will You Marry Me” in Christmas lights on the lawn or on the roof. Then, once it’s dark and the time is right, have her plug the lights in. Waa-lah!
#7 – Plan a romantic evening out & about.
First, take her out to a nice dinner on Christmas Eve. Then, take a little drive somewhere in nature where there is a bit of snow. Finally, propose in a way that is special. The beautiful holiday atmosphere will be very appreciated.
#8 – Stage a fun treasure hunt.
Start by placing “clues” all around the room, or all around the house. Each clue leads to another clue. Each clue could lead to a bunch small “gifts” that symbolize fun things you’ve done together, or plan to do together. The final gift will be the ring box that is hidden safely in your pocket! As she follows the clue and pulls it out of your pocket, drop to one knee and say, “Will you be my treasure forever? Will you marry me?”
#9 – Wrap yourself up like a Christmas gift.
There are lots of fun ways you could do this. You could hide yourself inside a big box (with air holes) and then surprise the daylights out of her when she opens up the box! Or you could have fun with it and make it obvious that you’re a self-wrapped gift. Let her unwrap you, and when she gets most of the way through all the wrapping, surprise her with the ring.
#10 – Lead her to believe that Valentine’s Day will be your engagement day.
As long as your good at keeping secrets, this one is a no brainer. There will be no greater sense of satisfaction than the day you are able to officially surprise her like she’s never been surprised before! The hardest part will be convincing her (and her friends & family members) that you’re planning the engagement for Valentine’s Day, and then pulling it off yourself 2 months earlier for Christmas.
The Bottom Line…
As you can see, there are plenty of creative, fun ways to propose during the Christmas holiday.
In fact, in some ways it may even be easier to propose over Christmas because there are so many unique opportunities.
With a little imagination, a Christmas engagement could be really easy to pull off!
I enjoy helping women find clever ways to plan their weddings on a budget. My goal is to help you stay creative and save money at the same time! When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, reading, and creating 3D artwork & Native American beadwork.