Why It’s Better To Be Single Around The Holidays

Before you know it, it’ll be Thanksgiving. Then, in the blink of an eye, Christmas and Hanukkah will roll around. Even though you’ll start watching corny Lifetime movies about happily married couples and see young teenagers holding hands as they walk through the mall together, you shouldn’t be depressed about your single status. In fact, you’re the lucky one. Ask anyone, because it’s actually better to be single around the holidays.

  1. You’ll spend less money. You don’t have to worry about blowing five-hundred dollars on a PlayStation for your boyfriend, because you don’t have a boyfriend. You don’t have to find presents for his parents and his little sister that you barely ever see, either. You can spend all of that extra money on eggnog and ornaments for yourself.
  2. You only have to visit one family. When you’re in a serious relationship, you have to divide your time between your family and your boyfriend’s family. But when you’re single, you can spend all night catching up with the cousins you haven’t seen in months. There’s nowhere else you need to be.
  3. You can flirt at holiday parties. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a New Year’s Eve party with your friends or attending a Christmas party at work. Either way, you can snuggle up with all the other singles. The more parties you go to, the more chances you’ll have for fun one-night stands.
  4. You can work on the holidays. If you aren’t interested in seeing your own family, you can just work during the holidays. You’ll make extra money by doing a job no one wants to do, and you won’t get yelled at by your partner for deserting him. It’s a win-win.
  5.  You won’t worry about your weight. You’re going to gain a little bit of weight around the holidays. There’s no getting around it. But if you were in a relationship, then you’d worry about staying fit for your man. Of course, when you’re single you can slip into oversized sweaters and no one will have a clue that you’ve gained a few pounds.
  6. You’ll save time. Not only will you save money by not having to buy a man a gift, but you’ll also save time. Do you know how long it takes to find the perfect present? When you’re single, the only people you’ll have to worry about buying for are your best buddies and parents—and let’s face it, your mom would love anything you bought.
  7. You won’t be judged for acting like a kid (or a scrooge). If you hate the holidays, no one will pressure you to decorate a tree or make cookies with them. If you love the holidays, no one will make fun of you for wearing footsie pajamas and gingerbread houses. It’ll all be your little secret.
  8. You can use your friends as replacements. Sure, it’s cute to see couples iceskating, skiing, and building snowmen. Of course, those aren’t activities that are reserved for boyfriends and girlfriends. You can do them all with your best buddies, so you’re not really missing out.
  9. You don’t have to worry about your embarrassing family. There’s nothing worse than introducing your boyfriend to your messed up family. Even if it looks like everyone’s having a good time, you’ll be counting down the seconds until someone says something inappropriate. Then you’ll be scarred for life.
  10. You can drink as much as you want. Your aunts and uncles have known you for years, so they won’t judge you when they see you kicking back a bunch of drinks. If you had a boyfriend, he would’ve told you to tone it down to avoid embarrassing yourself, but luckily you’re unattached. ‘Tis the season to be drunk.
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.