There’s a reason that they call the holidays “cuffing season”. People are looking for someone they can bring to their family parties, work parties, and kiss when the ball drops. It’s a huge phenomenon and has become par for the course between November and January every year. But for most people, it’s about more than finding a date. They’re looking for that romantic comedy, fairy-tale ending that leads to marriage, kids, a white picket fence, and an Australian shepherd (Golden Retrievers are so pedestrian).
Whether this is the first you’ve heard of cuffing season, or you’re a single who’s ready to mingle, these are a few strategies you can use to boost your chances of coupling up by Christmas. Or if nothing else, hopefully they’ll keep you sane during the romantic madness of the season.
Buy into the cuffing culture! You aren’t the only one who’s looking for your future husband or wife! Dating apps are a goldmine for prospective partners, especially this time of year. There’s nothing wrong with poking around and trying to find your person online. In fact, 39% of couples have met online according to this study.
There are tons of parties and opportunities to meet new people this time of year! Even if your style tends more towards staying in and watching movies on a Friday night, try to get out there. You never know who you might meet under the mistletoe at your friend’s Christmas party..
Check out the marriage rates
So if you’re a Millennial strategizing where to start putting your five-year plan into action, these are the top states in the country for millennial marriage.
Utah is the land of love for Millennials according to that study. In fact, 61% of Millennials are expected to be married in 5 years at the latest if they live in Utah. So if you’re looking for an accelerated romantic timeline and you’re 35 or under, head to Utah! Your chances of marriage within the next decade will increase dramatically. And if Utah isn’t your speed, you’ve got a solid chance of getting married in Wyoming, Idaho, Arkansas, or Kentucky as well.
Try to relax
The world is not going to end if you spend your winter single! There’s nothing wrong with opting for quiet nights in and checking “single” on those RSVP cards for party invitations. While it might feel like every single person in the world has someone to kiss on New Year’s, you are not the only single person on the planet, and if cuffing season is too much for you, don’t force it. Everything will ultimately work out the way it’s supposed to.
Don’t get carried away listening to “All I Want for Christmas is You” or “My Only Wish” this year! Stay grounded, stay positive, and enjoy the holiday spirit around you. Whether you’re single or coupled up, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.