Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Why being single for the holidays is actually the freakin' best.
As I sit here in an excellent mood, drinking my cab sauvignon, blaring Brett Eldredge's new Christmas album (which is excellent - BTW) after starting and finishing all of my wrapping, I began to wonder - what is so different about this year and why am I so stress-free? Typically around this time of year I am an anxious wreck worrying about gifts and being in a million places at once on Christmas. So why this year am I the jolliest asshole this side of the nuthouse? And then it dawned on me. It's because this year is the very first year that I am single for the holidays in 8 whole years! What the whattttttttttttttt. Yup, it's true. I did the math. For the past 8 Thanksgivings, Christmases and New Years I have had a boyfriend. Crazy, right? I thought being alone during the holidays would suck but it turns out - it's actually fantastic. Here's why.
Merry Christmas to Me!
I don't know about you but I think picking out presents for significant others is STRESSFUL. I mean don't get me wrong, I'm excellent at it, but having to worry if they'll like what you got or if you bought enough for them really sucks. Being single during the holidays means you get to be selfish. All of that money you would typically spend on him or her, spend on yourself! It will make you feel like a million bucks and be 1000 times more satisfying. Trust me, I've got some new outfits and makeup to prove it.
No Party Hopping
99% of the stress of the holidays is because you have to run around from house to house in order to make all of the rounds and make everyone happy. But when you're single, there's no need to run around like a Keebler elf all day because it's just you, baby! You can stay at your family's house all day long and no one can say squat about it. Oh and the best part is you can have as much sangria as you want and not worry about having to drive anywhere else. It's a beautiful thing, really.
Tis the Season
You know all of the Christmas music you love but he/she always turns off on you? Or the claymation movies that are everything to you but they refused to tolerate? Or that cute gingerbread house you really want to attempt to make and then give up on halfway through? Well now you can do ALL of that and there won't be anyone there to decline doing it with you or silently judge you while you do.
New Years Eve
Being single on New Years doesn't have to be as depressing as it sounds. I saw this as a golden opportunity to make this NYE one for the books. I purchased the sparkliest dress, gathered a few of my best single girlfriends and booked a hotel room. This is probably the only New Years that we will all be single and in a position to do something like this so WHY NOT go big?! We are going to dance our pants off and drink all of the champagne. All of it. Plus, come midnight, I can kiss anyone I want. Or not. WHATEVER I WANT. And when that clock hits 12:01, it's officially 2017 and the ridiculousness of 2016 is out the door. And just like that, a new year will begin and with it comes a clean slate.
Happy Holidays, everyone!