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There’s Now an Official Start Date to Cuffing Season (and Hey, You’ve Got Time)

Gabrielle Kassel

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Every year as the season changes, coats and heavy-quilts get lugged out from storage, and singles are faced with a choice: endure the cold temps alone or embark on a winter-inspired quest to find a snuggle buddy. That's right, I'm talking about cuffing season, and there's indeed a cuffing season schedule with the premiere date upon us.

For the somehow initiated, cuffing season is the time of year when, according to Urban Dictionary, "People who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be 'cuffed' or tied down by a serious relationship." If you’re still wondering why it’s called cuffing, it’s a derivative of “handcuffing,” because you’re basically shackling yourself to another person for a season. (And they say romance is dead.)

But before you get worried about having missed the window, rest assured—you have time. The hosts of the Save The Date Show podcast, Imani and Kandice, understand the the appeal of coupling up in cold weather. After all, hygge-ing, cuddling up in front of the fire, and romantic-comedy marathons are arguably better with an S.O, but they contend the cuffing season schedule hasn't even begun.

The duo crafted a cuffing season schedule and posted it to Instagram last year to keep you on track for finding a special someone to bunker down within time for holiday shenanigans. While the warmer months were all about fielding season (i.e. playing the field), October is all about weighing your more-serious options and keeping your swiping finger nice and toned. The ramp up to Thanksgiving is when you want to be testing out your final lineup. And according to this schedule, cuffing season doesn't officially start until December, just as the holidays kick into full force.

So you've got another few weeks before it's time to subject your fingers to swiping-induced cramps, which means plenty of time to fire up your fave dating app or up the BDE-ante in your profile. And if you don't want to give in to the pressure to partner up this winter? Well, don't! It's okay if you're not into dating for sport, and it's also totally possible to be single and happy (even during cuffing season).

Originally published on October 3, 2018. Updated on October 7, 2019.

BTW, there's a scientific reason people want more sex during the holidays. And if you’re single, this is the best city in which to start a healthy relationship (just FYI). 

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