The holidays are a magical time filled with wonder and warmth. Many people enjoy spending the holidays with their family, friends, and even significant others. This can be a great chance to spend quality time with that special someone and make some lasting memories. But not everyone is in a relationship during the holiday season. Many times, this can be a real bummer — especially during one of the most magical holidays of all: Christmas. But what many don’t realize is that there are actually some benefits to being single during Christmas. So if you don’t have a special someone as the holidays are rolling around, fear not. You can actually still enjoy this time — maybe even more so than those who are in a relationship. If you are flying solo this holiday season, read on to find out why it’s actually great being single at Christmas.
You will have a low maintenance holiday season.
Whether you are dating a man or a woman, catering to another person during the holidays can get exhausting. Relationships are already energy consuming, but you have to be especially attentive and considerate of your person during the holidays.
You won’t have to endure awkward family gatherings.
Unless you are super tight with your significant other’s family, Christmas can pose a real threat in the form of awkward Christmas gatherings. Single folks don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable for hours at the in laws.
You won’t have to buy as many gifts.
If you are single at Christmas, you will not have to purchase gifts for a significant other. This will not only save you a few bucks, but takes the pressure off of finding a gift that your hypothetical partner would like.
You don’t have to pretend to like their gifts.
We get enough of having to fake smile when our family gets us terrible gifts. Without a significant other, you have one less person to be disappointed in when they illustrate just how little they know you or what you like.
You will save a ton of money in general.
Not only are you saving on gifts, but Christmas in general is expensive when you’re in a relationship. There are travel expenses if you don’t live near each other, and other things like going on dates and holiday activities.
You don’t have to worry about getting dolled up.
If you are in a relationship, you can look forward to stressing over what you are going to wear at gatherings with your partner, or on intimate dates with each other. But if you’re single, the pressure to look fancy is off.
You can literally do whatever you want.
Being in a relationship comes with the knowledge that you will have to coordinate or compromise on how your holiday schedule will flow. If you’re single, you don’t have to sacrifice any of your wants or desires. If you want to go see Christmas lights one day and veg out on the couch while binge-watching holiday movies another, you go right ahead.
You can spend as much time with your people as you want.
Relationships come with the aforementioned sacrifice of coordinating schedules. This ultimately means that someone is not going to be able to do all that they want for Christmas. If you’re single, you can spend as much quality time with your family and friends as your heart desires.
You can treat yourself to holiday festivities.
While it is nice to have someone special during the holidays, there is no one more special than you. Treat yourself to all the things you would do for a partner, and reinvest that effort back into yourself. Being single on Christmas can be a real chance to show yourself some love and attention during the magic and cheer of the holidays.