It’s only November 17th and I’ve already heard Christmas songs in several stores – surprised? Halloween just passed and Mariah is already singing “All I want for Christmas is You.” Songs like Mariah’s famous jingle, “Last Christmas” and one of my all-time favorites, “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley have seem to become our constant reminder we’ll be the only one without a date for the office Christmas party. Wow, how….blue! So what do you do when you’re single and the Holidays are approaching? Well, you could carry mistletoe with you everywhere but that could really backfire! When single, I found a few cures to chase away those holiday blues that might just do the trick for you, too.
1. Throw a party – Don’t wait to be invited to a party, be the hostess of a fabulous Christmas bash everyone can’t stop talking about. Create a dress code so that your guests feel like they've been invited to the party of the year, have great music, food, and a mix of people. But most of all, be a great hostess!
2. Gift wrapping party – This was one of my favorites and surprisingly most fun! Wrapping all the gifts you’ve had to buy can be daunting. So why not make it a party with a few friends? Have everyone bring their gifts, wrapping paper and a dish or snack and call it a party! Before you know it, you and your friends have bonded and laughed the night away and all the gifts are ready to stick under the tree.
3. Girls night out – What better excuse to have more GNO’s than the holidays? But for this time of year, you get to break out the good clothes; the ones you only bust out during the holidays. Nothing beats dancing in a cocktail dress with the girls!
4. Christmas Shopping with friends – Need I say more….you’re shopping!
5. Take a trip – Being single enables you to be free as a bird, so fly girl! Ski trips, weekend bed and breakfast, a trip through the country, where do you want to go? It’s a great time of year to visit friends you haven’t seen in a while or even grab friends from all across the country and go for a spin somewhere together. You’ll never regret taking a vacation!
6. Family – Of course, the holidays are all about family, too. Family can be anyone we’re related to or those special people around us who always seem to take care of us. Make sure you spend time with all of them.
So this Holiday season, take advantage of the gift called singleness and do some things you may not have done before. Don’t sit around singing the blues with Elvis. Instead, pick your own tune and you’ll find so many want to dance to it! Just do it, now while you are single!
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!