Pulled a Christmas cracker or suffering wipe out? December dating terms revealed

Dating  |  September 21, 2023

Deck the halls and jingle those bells. Experts have identified a sackful of new trends to describe being single in December. And while these dating terms might seem superficial, we at eharmony believe they serve a purpose in helping singles identify the shared challenges and humorous insights attached to finding love.

Online dating has dramatically changed the way we meet people and in parallel, we’re seeing a whole new language evolve to identify the different experiences of being single. Some of these terms may seem flippant, but they help people process amusing and disappointing behaviours. This in turn helps lighten up romantic adventures.

Using a mixture of insights and observations the experts at eharmony have identified the following five festive trends:-

Christmas cracker

This is the type of match-up where at first there are sparks but once you get past the bright exterior, it all seems a bit hollow at the core.

With more than half of Aussies (56%) claiming they have been in a relationship without substance, it seems the Christmas Cracker could be popping for a few this festive season. On the other hand, 48% of those surveyed said their relationship lasted longer than a year.


of Aussies claim that they have been in a relationship without substance


said those relationships managed to last longer than a year

Kris Kringle

This term applies to singles who take a chance on meeting a mystery someone who isn’t their usual type. They either reap the rewards of being more adventurous, or find themselves ‘gifting’ their date to someone else.

While it seems that dating someone who isn’t your type is something most of us have tried (57%) only 19% of these couplings have been successful in the long run. But that doesn’t stop the romantics 0with 59% of Aussies believing you can find true love with someone who isn’t your ‘type’ and 82% thinking it’s worth giving a ‘Kris Kringle’ a whirl.


of people have tried dating someone who isn’t their usual ‘type’


Of Aussies believe you can find true love with someone who isn’t your type


believe it’s worth giving a ‘Kris Kringle’ a whirl

Stuck in the rip

This is when singles are totally caught up in the thrill and excitement of a new romance despite potential warning signs that all is not well. Friends and family are sidelined, along with anything that stands in the way of their new passion – in fact, more than half of people (54%) who had a relationship that moved quickly say they ignored warning signs or red flags early on.


of people that had a quick-moving relationship said they ignored red flags early on

Wipe out

A term used to describe unexpected summer heartbreak – when an intense relationship ends suddenly, without warning. This can feel devastating because it happens so swiftly and there isn’t necessarily time to process things.

Perfect tube

A relationship that might seem fast and furious at first, but ultimately carries a couple inside a perfect arc of happiness. Their obvious romantic compatibility makes for a seamless ride. This is refreshingly common, with 40% of Aussies who had a relationship that moved quickly in its early stages staying with that partner in the end.


of Australians had a quick-moving relationship that resulted in a lasting partnership, a ‘perfect tube’

Beware of Christmas crackers who may seem really promising at first, but once ripped open tend to be disappointing. There are lots of people on casual dating apps who seem genuine and claim they want a serious relationship. But, in reality, the sparks fly fleetingly because they are simply playing games. What anyone who wants to find love should be aiming for this Christmas is the perfect tube – a relationship where they’re aligned on core values and personality traits. This makes for a really smooth transition from singledom to something far more meaningful.

Study information
  • Study typeSurvey
  • Sample Size1,000
  • Reference PeriodDecember 2019
  • Region/City/CountryAustralia
  • LanguageEnglish