Happy holidays MG fans! Wishing you the most wonderful holiday (whatever holiday it is that you celebrate without offending you). A fellow blogger asked me to write a piece about what it is like being single during the holidays and I know a thing or two about this topic (unfortunately or fortunately). Thanks Karen -for the great topic. This is one of my favorites!
In a perfect world I would love to have a kickass companion, boyfriend, mate, or husband along with a perfectly trained dog to spend the holidays with (aren’t they the same? No? Oh). In this ideal world, I envision a magnificently prepared turkey with all of its delicious accompaniments (and no calories), fantastically decorated tree and/or a beautifully lit menorah, frolicking in the snow and smooching under the mistletoe, and someone perfect to plant a huge kiss on at the stroke of midnight welcoming in 2014. But, let’s be honest. Who really has that? Isn’t the grass always greener?
The holidays (all of them) bring so much pressure to find the perfect gift that it becomes another job to people. For example, yesterday I was pushed out of the way to buy a new microwave at Best Buy. People are frantically rushing around like rabid squirrels trying to get the newest, best and biggest nut for their loved ones. No thank you! I did not even wait for the salesgirl to roll the mic out of the door because she would rather be anywhere else than working during the holiday season. I could tell this because of the 8 bites of cake I saw her shove in her face while impeding her sticky fingers from ringing me up at the register. Transaction complete. So, I did what any independent/annoyed person would do. I bent down like a weight lifter (from the waist), grabbed the appliance and ran out of there to get home and away from all the madness on the road. I can do this because I don’t HAVE to get a significant other a present because I am single. Joy to the world. And, I don’t have to pretend to like a present from my significant other that I secretly hate and will re-gift to my #1 frienemy for her birthday next year.
In addition to the quest for the perfect gift (that your mate will end up storing on a shelf somewhere in their garage or wear to the company holiday ugly sweater party) there is the pressure of creating a perfect date night, dinner, trip or whatever grandiose idea you think you SHOULD do to celebrate the holidays. The lines are long, service is horrific, drinks are watered down and the food always sucks. Being single is great because I don’t have to wear nylons, heels, or makeup and I can eat whenever and however much of what I want without worrying about spilling or losing the curl in my hair or the gloss on my lips. Also, I don’t have to worry about getting a ride home and I actually get to see the ball drop at midnight because there is no one else watching TV in my house besides my dog, Teddy Brewski.
But, the best part of being single on the holidays is kissing someone new (or more than one if you are lucky) each year when the ball drops and clock strikes 12:00. So, cheer up my single comrades. Also, Mom always said you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince…..so, don’t argue with her because she knows best.
**Stay snarky my friends!**
Girl, so many high fives for this! Yes to everything.
I’ve experienced NYE from both sides of the fence like anyone else and I can honestly say that as cliche as it sounds–the grass IS always greener. You always want for something, right? You have to love the skin you’re in and the place you are in life. And if not, you make changes. But going out, living it up, or simply staying in with a four-legged friend who adores the bejesus out of you, well, they all sound pretty marvelous to me 🙂
Hope you have a very happy and healthy holiday season, dear!
Hi fiving you back! So happy you liked it. Happy and healthy holidays to you as well. Thanks for the comment. 🙂
That was pretty accurate.
I’m single again this year but you know what? “I’d rather be alone for the right reasons than with someone for the wrong.”
Besides, I’ve grown tired of trying to raise a man from a boy. Ok….that’s a whole other story. Happy New Year to you! God bless
I totally agree!!!!! Happy new year to you!
That shirt is adorable. I am married and I spent a fortune of gifts for my husband’s family so you save money being single!
Another good point! Thanks for reading.
I say do what they do in places like Aspen – the locals are all so freaking busy working because the town is PACKED full of people and it’s a madhouse for about three months… most people and companies tend to honor their employees and do special things with friends AFTER the holidays. So if you’re single – just go and party hardy and don’t worry about it… then when the dust settles, chances are you’ll go out on a date with someone fun, or perhaps even meet that very special someone. 🙂
Well – that would be nice. I just keep meeting idiots! LOL
When I was single, I loved the holiday season. Not having to juggle time between two families meant more free time for me!
Right? See here is an up side!
I love your attitude! Happy 2014 and hope it is a good year for you!
Thanks so much. Have to laugh at life or what else am I going to do? Good luck!
i know what it is like being single for the holidays as well as with a significant other. it is completely different. this year i was single and it was less stressful to say the least. i don’t think i want to be this way forever. if you ever want company during the holidays just let me know.
Awwww….that is so sweet! Thanks! Good luck to you.
I’m not single but would have rocked tht shirt if I was 🙂
Totally! Hysterical. Thanks –
Less shopping, less to-do’s, so much less stress.