It’ll be Lonely this Christmas…

Being single at Christmas – is it joyous or horrendous?

On one hand, Christmas is a very sociable time of year with parties, dinners and lots of opportunities to meet exciting new people. On the other hand, most of these parties and dinners are filled with couples or old relatives asking if you’ve ‘got a boyfriend yet?’ and you respond ‘no’ for the third year running.

There are also lots of good programmes on TV, meaning you can watch Love Actually for the 100th time by the second week of December and there’s no one by your side to whinge. But neither is there anyone by your side to cuddle up to, which is a bit of a bugger. Consuming a whole bottle of red wine and a tub of Ben & Jerry’s alone isn’t ideal, yet there’s no one to judge you for putting on a bit of winter weight.

You have no obligation to buy the mother-in-law a ‘Waterstones Recommends’ book, or a father-in-law a pair of M&S socks, but you also have no one to buy you that cute bracelet you’ve had your eyes on or someone to run away with from the boring office drinks.

I suppose it depends on your views towards Christmas. If you’re apathetic towards it and would rather stay away from all the happy people, thinking “bah-humbug” then you’ll probably be alright trudging through December alone. However, if you’re like me and fanatical about Christmas, then it’s the worst time in the year to be single. Two years ago, on Christmas Eve, I split up from my boyfriend of seven years. Although it was my decision, the sadness over the Christmas period was mainly due to breakup blues, rather than explicitly about being single over the holidays. Last year I couldn’t quite believe I was still single. This year, I’m navigating office parties and drinks with family and friends and swatting the boyfriend question away with a big stick.

But things aren’t all bad; the new job is going well and I can hear Santa’s sleigh in the distance.

Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash.

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