Leap Day is a day attributed to the calendar every four years in order to make up for lost time, literally. This solved a problem many civilizations had for as long as time has been recorded. It was in the 1500’s when the Gregorian Calendar was adopted, making the shift in time much less of a problem.
So how did the tradition begin of women proposing to men on the 29th of February? After some intense research–I clicked on Google–I found out the following:
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.
Of course, most women would never do this, at least not in the Christian community. But, who’s to say we can’t do it AFTER we’re married? That’s right. Here’s my proposal–a different kind of proposal, but a proposal nonetheless–let’s write out and plan a proposal to our husband tonight after the kids go to bed. Make it as romantic as if you weren’t sure if he would say yes. Be creative. Make it something he would enjoy. Do all you can to make sure he says, YES! And the best part? If he does then there’s no wedding to plan, you get to jump straight to the wedding night! Woo Hoo!
Need some ideas?
- Make him a ring out of a dollar bill? And use for your proposal.
- Make Shepherd’s Pie for dinner with ‘Marry Me’ written in the potatoes.
- Bake his favorite cake.
- Have a candle path leading him to where you’re waiting for him when he comes home.
- Plan a scavenger hunt with clues all over the house.
- Propose to him in bed as he thinks you’re going to sleep.
The most important part of this tradition is to say what is on your heart about your husband. Give it some time and thought. After all it’s not every year you get to propose to your man. Make it something he’ll be sure to leap for joy over!
(Special thanks to Bonnie of My Ship Bound For Tarshish Blog for reminding me that this day was fast approaching. I would have missed it otherwise!)