During my 20 years of singleness the holidays were some of the hardest.
The holidays are tough as a single person. Especially if you are over 25. Christmas is magical as a child, it’s a great time to do nothing as a college student, but the older you get, unless you just love Christmas, the tougher it is.
It’s during this time of year that most people have some time off to reflect, and whether we like it or not, it can be a time where singles are constantly reminded of what they don’t have – for yet another year.
We are often the ones that travel for Christmas. After all, Santa doesn’t come to our house – just to our nieces’ and nephews’. And most likely we will go to our parents not the other way around.
There are also the Christmas cards from our married friends – pictures of couples and kids arriving every day in the mail. It’s not that we don’t love all of those people, we do. It’s just that it is another reminder.
If we head to a party at the office, with the organization we work with, or at church etc, we go alone even when spouses are welcome.
If we have a gathering with our parents and/or extended family we will inevitably face all of the singles questions and platitudes we hear in that setting. And we have to determine how to deal with them.
Then Christmas is over and we get to head to New Years Eve. Yeah! Celebrating another year passing – alone.
Bottom line, the holidays can be lonely, frustrating and emotionally tiring for singles.