At this point it’s essentially basic information that despondency and the holidays go together like Ambien and vehicular murder. What’s more, we single peeps truly love to amp up the drama amid this time.
A week ago I went to an occasion party made out of a cluster of singles. We all in all sang the karaoke rendition of “All By Myself” with so much thoroughness the cops came round saying they’d gotten calls from neighbors swearing William Hung was being clubbed in the flat.
1. You’re in the majority
First, it is important to recognize that you are not alone in your aloneness. In fact, singletons now make up more than half of the adult population in both the U.S. and Britain. So while you may think you are the lonesome loser amid scores of happy couples, the truth is that you’re actually quite normal (despite what your Facebook feed tells you).
2. You can skip the agony of buying the right gift (or receiving one that’s super lame)
Sad but true, issues related to gift-giving are the cause of many a holiday battle among couples. One person is hurt that not enough thought was put into their gift, another is upset they didn’t get specifically what they asked for. One party is bound to feel guilty while the other feels like a jackass. And if you’re still in the early stages of dating, that horrible gift-giving awkwardness is as unavoidable as bad fruitcake.
3. It’s easier on your budget
It’s no secret that the spirit (or is it the obligation?) of holiday gift-giving can wipe out your bank account like a South Pacific tsunami. When you’re in a relationship, you are oftentimes expected to proffer presents not only to your significant other, but to their parents, siblings, nieces and nephews as well. All of this can easily add up to having to choose between heat and cable come January.
4. You don’t have to deal with someone else’s obnoxious family
You know your crazy family? Well, imagine having to deal with a slightly skewed yet equally annoying replica of them – and not being able to talk back. So as your lover’s parents make passive aggressive quips about your career choice while brother Eli sneezes into the candied yams, you are forced to sit there and smile like it’s all perfectly normal. It’s uncomfortable at best and completely mortifying at worst.
5. You are master of the remote
This is an advantage of being single at any time of the year, but around the holidays, television networks deluge home viewing audiences with specialty programming that typically only half of a couple enjoys. So if you’re not into the monotonous bowl games or schmaltzy holiday parades, you don’t have to watch them! The remote control is your playground, and if you want to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on repeat, no one is going to challenge you.