May 5, 2017
On Christina’s way home from work she was listening to the radio and they were giving away tickets to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra a couple days later. She had always wanted to see them, so she decided to try to win the tickets, which she did! She and Benjamin had planned for a night of leftovers and Netflix that evening, so winning tickets on the radio was clearly the high point of the evening.
She texted Ben to turn on the radio so they could both experience her on-air awkwardness, and he quickly responded that he didn’t have a radio (and clearly did not want to figure it out). As she thought this was the highlight of the evening, she didn’t respond and was going to share her big news when she got home
She opened the apartment door and flipped on the light switch, but rather than the single lamp coming on, it was hundreds of Christmas lights, strung wall to wall! Christmas is Christina’s absolute favorite time of year, and when she asked what was going on, Ben responded “I decorated!” from the other room, so she just thought he was doing something sweet for the holidays
She realized that Ben wouldn’t come out of her room so she asked what he was doing and walked around the corner to see that her entire bedroom was also covered in Christmas lights! This raised her suspicions a bit more, and she asked what he had decorated for. With a smile, he said, “I decorated for the special occasion!” Still confused, she asked what the special occasion was, and then she saw him turn towards the bookshelf to pick something up and then get down on his knee. He opened the ring box and simply said, “Will you marry me?” and she was speechless! All she could do was look at him, smile, look around the room, laugh, look back at him, etc. When she didn’t respond after a few moments, Ben motioned with the ring and said, “…do you want it?” She still couldn’t find words—all she could do was nod!