Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are here and it really doesn't matter what religion you celebrate or what holiday you look forward to, this is the happiest time for most. Happy Hanukkah, Festive Kwanzaa, or Merry Christmas!
This is the time when you surround yourself with friends, family and loved ones. This is also the time when us singles are constantly bombarded by articles in magazines or television specials telling us how to get through the holidays alone. (I'll tell you how...alcohol!)
Titles such as:
"Single? How to make it through the season alone"
"Coping with Christmas alone"
"Survive the holidays as a single"
"Home Alone for the Holidays"
"How to not kill yourself for being a single loser during the holidays"
Honestly, I never really think of myself as alone until they tell me that, yes, I am in fact single - which apparently is a synonym for lonely and sad. Strangely enough it is also the time of year I see most of the people in my life. Get togethers, dinners, parties...it's a never ending parade of people.
So I've comprised my own list of why being single isn't all that bad during this season.
1. Not spending as much money - Yes this one is obvious. You have less gifts to buy so you will in fact save some of the hard earned moolah. These savings can be put toward something much more useful during this time of year - booze. Vodka, whiskey, wine oh my! This is also a great time of year to visit the LCBO with the specialty drinks that come out. Happy shopping!
2. You don't have to decide where to spend the holidays. Yes, that ever looming fight and ultimate decision does not have to be made. You can spend the holidays wherever you damn well please and can stay as long as you like. This is also great because this decreases your travel time and increases the drinking time. Noone likes people to drink and drive - ever, but especially during the holidays.
3. Noone to impress. You are not fretting over being cute and funny when meeting new family members for the first time and trying to keep things under control. Instead, you get to spend it with people who already love you and accept you. Drunk or not.
I won't lie, there may be times when you will feel a little like singing "Blue Christmas" and start to feel sorry for yourself. Like this year, when seeing the signed card for Grandma and Grandpa from my family.
Mom and Dad
Brother 1 and K
Brother 2 and R
The cheese stands alone.