At the time of year when it's all about cosy log fires, warm winter tipples and getting together with family, it's no surprise that over a third of engagements happen between Christmas and New Year. But with all the family commitments, carol concerts and mince pie munching - when really is the best time to propose over the Christmas period? Let us give you some ideas… 

Amanda Pratt

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Putting up the Christmas tree

There's nothing more Christmassy than spending an hour decorating your tree - the sweet, woody pine, the novelty Father Christmas bauble and the angel you made when you were four ­- so as you stand back and admire your hard work, now's the perfect moment to get down on one knee.

On Christmas morning

They've just woken up and are still wearing their Christmas pyjamas. They're about to start opening their presents when you present them with a luxury breakfast in bed, complete with something that's much prettier than scrambled eggs on toast.

In the Christmas pudding

Move over silver sixpence, how about hiding your ring in the ultimate dessert: your Christmas pudding. Granted it'll take a little planning but it's guaranteed to be the biggest surprise of her year.

After the present opening

Everyone's full and relaxed after an indulgent Christmas lunch, and your Mum has just cleared away the last scraps of wrapping paper. But, what's this? You've one last gift to give…

On a Boxing Day walk

You've arisen from your turkey coma and ready for a Boxing Day yomp. Plan your route to include a stunning view, that could be the backdrop to your 'moment' forever.

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On New Year's Eve

To propose in 2016… or 17? Whether you choose to end the year on a high or kick off the new year in style, New Year's Eve is a date to remember. Everyone is together and in high spirits (plus, there's usually Champagne flowing) so don't forget to pack the ring.

On New Year's Day

Forget about resolutions and health kicks, start the year the right way by popping the question on the first day of the year. 

When It Snows

We always dream of a White Christmas but if it does actually happen, what's more romantic than a snowy backdrop as you get down on bended knee?

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