The holiday season has officially begun and soon calendars will be filled with holiday parties and family gatherings. For a single person,even one who’s happily single, this season usually includes inquiries from well-meaning family and friends as to the nature of your relationship status. Does your single status have you dreading going home for the holidays? Don’t fret my pets! There are benefits that come along with being single during this time of year.
Perks of Being Single[quote align="right" color="#999999"]As a singleton you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want and with who you want during the holiday season.[/quote] There are always perks to being single, but there are definite benefits to being single during the holiday season. How joyous would the car ride home be when you don’t have to spend it arguing with a significant other over who said something stupid to whom at the holiday party? Or how about the fact that you have more time to spend with your own family and friends rather than having to spend time with people out of obligation? If you are unattached during the holidays you can kiss anyone you want under the mistletoe and when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. As a single person I can decorate any way I want, watch (or not watch) any holiday movie I want, pack and head off on a spontaneous adventure if I want and possibly meet a new love interest…or two! By not being involved in a relationship over the holidays you avoid having to deal with the baggage of your significant other and their family or friends. As a singleton you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want and with who you want during the holiday season.
Happily Single[quote align="right" color="#999999"]The better you feel about being single, the more accepting family and friends will be– and the more likely they’ll be to back off and let you enjoy![/quote] In our society the expectations to couple up, especially for single women, leave some dreading going home for the holidays. Answering questions from curious and well-meaning family members about your relationship status (or lack of) can feel more like the Spanish inquisition than a loving holiday gathering. The better you feel about being single, the more accepting family and friends will be– and the more likely they’ll be to back off and let you enjoy! How can you feel better about being single when it appears everyone around you is happily coupled up? Look at the bright side of single-hood. Embrace the freedom you have that your attached friends and family can only envy. Appreciate the fact that you have no in-laws to deal with and no extra gifts to buy. Rejoice in the mystery and endless possibilities that come with freedom to flirt and kiss whomever you want under the mistletoe.
So fear not my fellow singles! While all of our married, engaged and otherwise committed friends and family members are feeling the emotional and financial stresses that can come along with being in a relationship during the holidays, we can rejoice in our single status. We can attend any party we want (single or with a date), flirt, kiss, drink, eat and be merry. ‘Tis the season to be happily single my loves, enjoy!