Why Being Single During The Holidays Is Simultaneously The Worst & Best Thing Ever

Though I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this, I’ve never had a special someone during the holidays. I’ve been single for every Christmas, every New Year’s Eve. But you know what? It’s actually pretty awesome, despite its sucktastic properties.

Reason #1: Staying Home. You can stay at your own house with your family in your pajamas ALL. DAY. LONG. You don’t have to go anywhere with anyone else. At my house, I stay in pajamas being ugly for the entire day because I don’t have a boyfriend to go visit. The flip side to this? When your siblings’ significant others arrive for Christmas dinner, you’re the odd one out saying, “yes, my dog is the current love of my life.”

Reason #2: Expensive gifts. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am B-R-O-K-E. Buying presents for my family alone wipes out my savings account. I can’t imagine having to buy something for a boyfriend who probably bought me some fancy piece of jewelry that my sister picked out. But then I walk into Things Remembered and get all sentimental like “Aw, if I had a boyfriend I would totally buy him that personalized engraved item that he’ll never ever use!” (BTW Things Remembered is the biggest, smartest marketing scheme I’ve ever seen. Like who needs a personalized engraved snow globe? UM EVERYONE).

Reason #3: New Year’s Eve. This one can go either way. If you’re single, it’s like “YES I CAN DANCE WITH EVERY DRUNK MAN HERE AND IT WON’T MATTER WHO I KISS AT MIDNIGHT!” Which is fun and all, but how many of us actually dance with every guy at the bar and end up kissing one of them? That’s what I thought. If you’re attached, you don’t have to worry about this. You have a built-in stroke-of-midnight kisser. If you’re single though, you can do whatever the fuck you want. You don’t have to worry about making plans with him.

Reason #4: Families. I love my family and I love hanging out with them on Christmas. As per #1, I don’t have to spend my holiday with anyone else. And I like it that way. My sister and brother, however, have to split holiday time with our family and their significant others’ families. Which also means they can’t be ugly all day like I can. Did I mention they also have to buy gifts for an entire other family? (See #2). I don’t have to do that, either.

Reason #5: Christmas Vacations. Trying to plan trips is hard enough on your own, but trying to plan trips around two individual schedules with family input can be nothing but tedious. This year, I’m going to Europe with my friend because I can. I didn’t have to check with anyone else’s schedule. I just booked the trip. And guess what? Our entire tour group is FREE OF COUPLES. Couple vacations sound nice, but I really don’t see the appeal of hanging out with one person 24/7 for a week, having to agree on every activity, restaurant, and nap time. No thanks.

If you’re single this holiday season, don’t fret about it. Yeah, parts are going to suck a lot, but most of your holiday will be friggin awesome. Mistletoe is overrated and cliché, anyway.

Samantha Glassford

A born-and-raised Jersey girl with a chronic case of wanderlust, Samantha spends her days reading, writing, and planning adventures. She currently teaches classes at the community college while living at home with her parents, trying and failing to become a part of the proverbial real world. Her dream is for someone to pay her for writing and traveling, but in reality she'll probably be teaching forever. Follow her mundane musings on Twitter @SamanthaG2012, and check out her personal blog, wanderlustingmillenial.blog.com

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