"Santa, do you mind?"
Erik and I met freshman year of college. We stayed friends all through college and after college. We always did our own thing and lived our own lives but on April 1st, 2014 we decided to give our long standing friendship a true test. Could we be more than friends? The answer, yes!
Erik had been asking me for weeks if we could get pictures with Santa. While I thought we were a little old for pictures with Santa I knew it would be fun. Erik was also a big fan of Christmas so I attributed this to his love of the holiday. We decided to visit the National Christmas Center in Paradise, Pennsylvania. I almost didn't want to go and wanted to wait until the following day but Erik coaxed me into going.
Shortly thereafter we found ourselves waiting in line for our turn to visit with Santa. When it was our turn with Santa we posed for our photos and then Santa turned to me asking the age-old question, "What do you want for Christmas?" I thought about what I wanted and finally answered, "To spend the holiday with family." Santa thought that was very admirable but asked me if I was sure there wasn't something else that I wanted. Maybe a house with Erik? While I thought it was rather bold of Santa to ask such a question to two people he'd never met before I did say that would be nice. Now Santa is traditional and so of course he proceeded to ask me what comes before a house. I thought about it and I said, "A ring? Is it too much to ask for a ring for Christmas?" Erik and I had been talking about an engagement and getting married for a while now and I was not subtle either of those two topics. Erik then chimed in and asked me "You want a ring from Santa?" and I said, "No silly! I want a ring from you!"
At that point Erik turned to Santa and asked if he could give me an early Christmas present. Santa said he did not mind. I still had no clue what was happening but it soon dawned on me when I looked at Erik next and he had a ring box in his hand.
Erik had planned the entire proposal with the help of the employees at the National Christmas Center so they were ready to capture my reaction as Erik asked me the most important question I will ever be asked in my lifetime.
"Will you marry me?", he asked. With tears in my eyes I responded, "Yes!". Still crying and shaking I looked at Santa and said, "Do you mind if I lean over you to give him a kiss?" Santa laughed and said of course not and so Erik and I shared our first kiss as future Mr. & Mrs!
Posted by christinacardamone
on December 14th 2014