Instead of dreading singledom this holiday season, why not embrace it? The no-strings-attached lifestyle can be quite wonderful this time of year, and here are 17 ways to prove that.
1) You have the freedom to flirt with anyone under the mistletoe. Christina Rosas Anastasiou, a single woman, said in an email that she loves the opportunity to meet and flirt with different men at holiday parties. She also has a chance to meet a future boyfriend at work or friends’ parties.
Rochelle Howell, owner of Mommy's Rum Cake, a holiday dessert company, added her own three perks of being single via email:
2) “I don't have to do anything for anyone that I don't want to. No cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, etc. It's all about me!”
3) “I don't have to spend any money. I buy my son's gifts for cheap after the holiday and give them to him when he returns.” (Her son spends the holidays with his father out of town.)
4) “I can visit other people if I want to, enjoying their food and family at my leisure. I have no obligation to impress or like anyone. I can just be me.”
Annie Kip, a style consultant and creator of the blog Plenty Perfect Style, said in an email that there are benefits of being a single mom during the holidays.
5) “I no longer have to worry about shopping for my ex-husband's family.”
6) “I have the freedom to create holidays that are unique to our family. We have really simple traditions, like shopping for a tree as fast as we can and then drinking egg nog while we decorate it.”
7) “I don't feel the pressure to create a ‘magazine perfect’ Christmas or manufacture holiday cheer to please anyone else.”
Ahyiana Angel, author of “Preseason Love,” shared even more advantages of being single during the holidays:
8) “I don't have to wrack my brain coming up with a thoughtful gift, only to have to pretend that I love the crappy gift that I received.”
9) “I don't feel bad about pigging out on the best holidays dishes at dinner, then giving in to the urge to unbutton my pants.”
10) “I don't have to compromise on where to spend the holidays - my family or his.”