Single For The Holidays

Single For The Holidays

Cheer Up!
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It's the season to be jolly, warm, and in the presence of your closest friends and family. For many of us, having a significant other makes the holidays even more joyous. Purchasing gifts and trying your best to hide them, as if we don't already know what our boyfriends or girlfriends will be getting us. It's fun and can be very romantic.

But for us who are single, it can be very lonely. To look around and notice tons of people with their families, doing holiday fun-filled activities kind of sucks. I'm not saying single people don't have families, however; it feels different to have a home of your own. It feels almost like a human need to have someone close to you at night, both of you kept warm from the touch of each other's skin, or kept awake from the other's loud snores. It's just the small things in life that add so much value to living it.

The best way to stay happy and grateful as a single during the holidays is to get out as much as possible doing things that make you happy. Maybe you're in the spirit of giving. Look for local events that need volunteers; you could meet people. Check out all the cheesy ugly sweater happenings and attend. Even if you just grab a drink or a bite to eat, just being around all the holiday goofiness is a spirit raiser. Don't forget about treating yourself too. This perhaps is one of the perks of being single with no children. You can spend your money on whatever you please. Enjoy that freedom--and all the after Christmas sales.

As we approach a new year, know that there are possibilities everywhere. You could find a new hobby or passion, begin a new fitness routine, achieve those 2016 goals that you got a late start on. Anything. So enjoy the holidays as a single person looking forward to new beginnings. Cheers!


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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

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I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

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