It is almost time for Merry Christmas from me and mine. That period when couples would wear cute pyjamas and take beautiful pictures behind their Christmas trees and decorations. Are you a single person who’s dreading the upcoming holiday season? We get it.
The holidays are the season of togetherness, and for many people, it can feel like you’re missing out on all the love and joy. But don’t worry! You can still have a great holiday season if you know how to navigate it.
If you’re single, the holidays can be an especially lonely time. Maybe you’ve been newly single in recent months, or maybe you’ve been single all your life—either way, it can be hard to find people who understand what you’re going through when everyone else is so busy with their families and friends.
With that in mind, here are some tips to get you started on having a merry single Christmas:
Get out of your comfort zone—and make friends!
This may seem scary at first, but don’t worry! There are always ways to meet new people, even if you’ve been shy in the past. Try volunteering at an event or activity you’re interested in, like a museum, a concert, or even a Christmas party. Or go to a dance class that has lots of other singles in it!
Focus on yourself this year
You deserve it! Take some time for yourself and do something that makes you happy—whether that means going out with friends or spending time alone with a good book (or maybe both). The holidays aren’t just about spending time with family and friends; they’re also about taking care of yourself so you can enjoy them more fully when they arrive!
Don’t feel guilty about not doing Christmas right.
If your parents are pressuring you to get married and have kids before the end of December 31st, don’t let guilt trip you into feeling like a failure if you don’t want that for yourself. You get to choose how to live your life! And just because other people think Christmas should be spent with a family doesn’t mean it has to be that way for YOU.
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Make your own traditions.
If no one wants to go out with you on Christmas Eve? That’s okay! Go out by yourself and do something that makes you feel good. You can make it feel like an extra special day just by focusing on how much you love yourself and how awesome your life is right now. In fact, it might end up being even more meaningful than spending time out with people that would make you feel bad about being single.
Be realistic about the holidays’ expectations.
If you’re going home for the holidays, make sure to set boundaries about how much time and energy you’re willing to spend seeing family members who may not treat their single cousins very well (especially those African Aunties). Also remember that your family members will probably ask why you aren’t dating anyone yet, which can be frustrating if all you want is some peace around the holidays, so be prepared.
Don’t let shame stop you from going out and having fun!
If your friends know that you’re single and they still want to go out with you on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, then go out with them! Just be sure to stay safe and make sure the people around you are safe too.
Finally, remember that this time next year will be better.
You may feel alone this year, but next year will surely be better! Just remember: no matter how bad things seem right now, they will get better eventually—and maybe even sooner than later!
I hope this guide provided a few useful tips for getting through the Christmas season as a single person. It’s certainly not an easy time of year for everyone, but it should be a joyous and happy holiday for all. Hopefully this post will help you make it so.
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