As those more festive (and just generally happier) than me bring home unreasonably large Christmas trees that they know they’ll have trouble squeezing through their apartment’s front door, I have my own tradition of sitting on my doorstep with a glass of red watching them struggle to fit the tree through. You should try it. It’s wildly entertaining.
Lesson #50 – Christmas doesn’t have to be the happiest day of your life.
I guess you could say I’m sort of a Grinch. It’s not because I’m bitter and single (but let’s be honest, that probably doesn’t help) for whatever reason I’m just not that into that whole sugarplums and Christmas carols thing. I can, however, get down with eggnog and tacky sweater parties. (See, I don’t hate everything about the holidays!)
Come holiday season, it’s crucial to remember that it’s not supposed to be a couples’ holiday. In fact, most of my coupled friends are spending the holidays apart and with their respective families instead. But if the thought of spending it with your family makes you almost wish you could spend the holidays alone, here are some tips from single girl to single girl.
First of all, buy yourself a fabulous gift. Take advantage of the fact that you don’t have to spend all day in a bidding war on Ebay to score the vintage vinyl record your imaginary boyfriend would’ve wanted, and instead go out and spend that would-have-been boyfriend money on yourself. Please, if your budget allows, and in honor of your fabulously single life, splurge! Whether it’s a little splurge like a Deborah Lippman nail polish or a big one (Can you say Tiffany’s?), do yourself a favor and spend it on something you really want but don’t really need. Each time you remember the your gift your gave yourself, it’ll be a reminder that there are some amazing perks to being single.
Think of Christmas as just another day off, instead of “yet another Christmas that you don’t have a boyfriend and your mom wont stop badgering you about it, and your frenemies from high school wont stop rubbing it in.” There’s no need to beat yourself about something you can’t even control. Coming from someone who probably needs a holiday attitude adjustment, it may not sound sincere, but trust me, you can only be as miserable as you allow yourself to be. So go ahead and be miserable, but at least laugh about it. Best way to do this? Grab your token drunk aunt, keep the wine flowing, and pop in A Christmas Story in your DVD player.
Christmas doesn’t have to be the best time of the year but remember, above all, it doesn’t have to be the worst, just because you don’t have the picture perfect dating life you thought you magically get in time for the holidays.
Got it? Feel empowered? Good. Now get the first 49 rules of the Single Girl Society.