Being Single Around The Holidays Comes With Its Own Unique Problems

Being Single Around The Holidays Comes With Its Own Unique Problems ©iStock/Eva-Katalin

Being single around the holidays isn’t all that bad. You get to save money you would’ve been wasting on some guy and you can bicker with your own family instead of being tortured and uncomfortable with his. Of course, not being in a relationship around Christmas has its downsides. Here are the problems single women face around this time of year:

  1. Every relative will ask about your relationship status. You can’t go to a family event without being bombarded with questions about your love life. Even though you haven’t seen some of your relatives since last Christmas, they’re still going to stick their nose into your business. A few of them might even try to set you up.
  2. Coworkers will hit on you during holiday parties. Even though it’s dangerous to get involved with coworkers, plenty of them will hookup during holiday parties. After all, love is in the air and alcohol is in their stomachs. Since everyone knows you’re single, you’re bound to get hit on.
  3. You’ll get stuck under the mistletoe with a dud. If you get stuck underneath it with a stranger, you’ll have to endure an awkward peck on the cheek. If you get stuck underneath it with your crush, you’ll end up spending the rest of the month wondering if he stood under it on purpose or if it was just an accident.
  4. Lifetime movies will reinforce how lonely you are. Christmas is meant to be about family, but for some reason, every holiday movie is about a relationship. The films are on every channel, so you can’t escape them. You’re forced to be reminded of how alone you really are.
  5. Your holiday cards will feel subpar. Holiday cards with pictures on them are adorable, but you don’t want to send one out with a selfie on it when everyone else has their babies on them. That’s why you’ll pick up boring, pre-made cards. Either that, or you’ll send out one with your dog in a Santa hat. After all, he’s your baby.
  6. Your Tinder dates are looking for relationships. The holiday season is the time when men and women want more than a hookup. Of course, if that’s all you’re looking for, you’re out of luck. Your date might try to turn your one-night stand into a real relationship, because he wants someone to take home for Christmas dinner.
  7. You’ll waste way too much money on yourself. You don’t want to ask your parents or your bestie for anything too expensive. That’s why you’ll end up buying a few gifts for yourself. You’ll tell yourself it’s okay, because you’re spending money on yourself that you would’ve been spending on a man if you were in a relationship—but you just end up wasting more money than you would’ve if you were actually dating.
  8. You won’t be able to escape the happy couples. If you want to go iceskating, you won’t have anyone to keep you up by holding your hand. Of course, you’ll see plenty of couples skating around you. You won’t be able to go anywhere without seeing men and women holding hands and swapping spit.
  9. You’ll be reminded of your ex. There’s nothing worse than rummaging through your ornaments and finding one that your ex gave you. After all, when the holidays roll around, it’s hard to avoid thinking about what you were doing the same time last year. If you were in a relationship back then, you might end up mourning it all over again.
  10. You’ll have no one to kiss when the ball drops. Even if you’re out partying on New Year’s Eve, you probably won’t find anyone worthwhile to kiss. You might get stuck with a stranger who grabs you at the last second, but with your luck, he won’t be your type.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.