I thought it’d be fun to pull away from all the bookishness today and have a fun post from Libby all about having fun during the holiday season, regardless of your relationship status. I know my friends and I all get caught up in the romance of Christmas, what with all the romantic comedies on TV and in books. I know we all wish for some special someone to share the holiday with. But you know what? Being single means you have more time to read! Am I right? Hehe. I’d like to welcome Libby to the blog today, as she gives us some fun ideas for spending Christmas with the friends you love.
Libby Mercer is the author of the quirky chick lit/romance hybrids Fashioning a Romance and Unmasking Maya (which was just released on December 15th). You can find her books on Amazon and you can find Libby on her blog.
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Singletons: Unite in Seasonal Solidarity
by Libby Mercer
For unattached people like me, Christmas can be a difficult time. But just because you don’t have a sweetheart to cuddle with in front of the fire doesn’t mean you’re doomed to devour fattening comfort foods as you cry your way through Love Actually. Yep, that was me. Christmas of 2005, I think.
The fact is there are a lot of people in the same boat. Instead of wallowing in isolation – or slapping on that perma-smile to attend one couple-y event after the next – why not join forces with other single people?
I know some of you must be thinking, “but all my friends are coupled up.” Valid point. Particularly in a smaller community, fellow singletons may be hard to come by. But if you give it some thought, I bet you’ll be able to think of some contenders. Maybe your BFF’s boyfriend’s cousin who recently ended things with her ex? Or your co-worker’s childhood pal who just moved back to town? By reaching out to other single people, you might just make a lifelong friend. Or you might even find your soul mate. You never know…
Keep in mind that there’s no set number of people you should aim for. If you can find seven or eight festive folks ready to get into the spirit of things, great! If it looks like it will just be two or three of you, that’s great too.
And now for the fun part: plan some events! If you live in a cold climate, you could all go ice-skating. Or better yet, have a snowball fight. See if any local cinemas are screening any seasonal faves and enjoy one of the campy Christmas classics like Miracle on 34th Street up on the big screen as a group. (Might be fun to bring a big tote bag so you can sneak in some contraband goodies like roasted chestnuts and caramel corn. Or perhaps a thermos or two of eggnog?)
Once you’ve got your peeps assembled, I urge you to consider the possibility of getting a tree. In the days leading up to Christmas, you could organize a rotating tree-trimming party – one night at your place, the next night at another friend’s place and so on. Don’t worry if you don’t have many ornaments. Your friends probably won’t either, but rectifying this situation can be half the fun! There are loads of great DIY Christmas ornament ideas featured on this site as well as many others, and here’s a tip from yours truly: head for your nearest craft store and load up on construction paper, beads, baubles, ribbons, thread, wire and anything else that strikes your fancy. You and your friends will probably have a grand old time coming up with your own, funky versions of ornaments and garlands.
I wish you all the best of luck, my fellow singletons. If you happen to feel a twinge of longing for that elusive “one” sometime in the midst of all the festivities, don’t worry about it. You’re allowed. Just try to focus on the fun you’re having and in the sense of camaraderie you’ve achieved. Merry Christmas to all! And to all, a good night!