5 Great Reasons to be Single During the Holidays
Reason #1: You can spend time with your own family and friends
It’s the age-old holiday conundrum and controversial issue: which family should a couple spend the holiday with? Lucky for you, being single means you aren’t obligated to go somewhere you don’t want or have to compromise between your partner’s family and your own.
There are no expectations to spend the morning eating ham and eggs, and opening presents with your in-laws just because it’s their ‘turn’ this year. Take ownership of the holiday and make plans with your own friends and relatives. You already have your own family to please; being single means you won’t have to please a partner’s as well.
Reason #2: You can put yourself at the top of your list
This year, your holiday debt and anxiety will be at an all time low because there’s no need to find the perfect gift for your significant other and his or her immediate family. With no struggle over what to buy, spend a fraction of the money on a gift you’ve been eyeing for yourself or donate the funds to a charity of your choice.
Reason #3: You can create new traditions for yourself
Don’t be a creature of habit. Give yourself permission to enjoy the holiday in whichever way you envision. Have you secretly always wanted to create the most over-the-top Christmas light-adorned spectacle of your home or set up a fabulous girly tree complete with all the pink trimmings? You now can, because being single you have the option to deck the halls—or not. Perhaps this year you’ll start a new tradition of going away with other single friends to an exotic beach location or hosting a Christmas BBQ.
Reason #4: You can be fun, flirty and fabulous at all the holiday parties
Put on your best party outfit and revel in the holiday spirit. Without the stress of having to make sure your significant other is having fun, think of all the time you’ll have to collect kisses under the mistletoe.
Reason #5: There’s no undue expectations
Expectations for the holidays are already unrealistic—single or not. It’s rare that everything will go smoothly but being solo does take some of the pressure off because you hold the power to create your own special day. The best part is that all the decisions are in your hands. If you want to spend the evening eating Christmas pudding and watching a reality show marathon, you can.
Your relationship status doesn’t have to determine your holiday cheer. Spend time this season reflecting on the past year and what you want out of life in the future.
This article originally appeared on eH Advice.
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