It was Christmas Day, after the morning madness of excitement, gift giving, and the chaos that comes afterward. It was my favorite part of Christmas, the calm after the storm, when the energy level dips and everyone settles into a comfortable happiness. I enjoy most just reveling in the joy that is this day, and in the togetherness of having everyone home.

Garrett knew he wanted to date Criston as soon as he saw her walk by at work. Criston took a little convincing. She brushed him off a couple times, but when Garrett went out of his way to get her a cookie, she was disappointed when he simply handed it to her and then walked away. She made sure to accept his next date proposal and was pleasantly surprised when they spent hours talking after dinner.

It's engagement season. With Christmas and the New Year, there are a lot more new brides out there than at any other time of the year. I wanted to post a guide that would help all you newly engaged through the process. The problem? I'm not a bride! I haven't been newly engaged for 20 years. So I called in some help...