The holiday season in New York City is unlike anywhere else in the world. From beautifully decorated department store windows, to the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, walking hand-in-hand with your love makes any city girl feel like she’s featured on the cover of a greeting card.
Yet, when you leave the winter wonderland fantasy for family visits in the burbs or office holiday parties lacking cheer (and strong alcohol), being single during the holidays has more benefits than you may have thought.
1) No Stress to Impress. No need to impress a guy or his family with your domestic skills in the kitchen by roasting a Thanksgiving turkey or baking Christmas cookies. And no reason to feel embarrassed when you refuse to stick on your diet during holiday feasts. Relax as you cook with your own mother, who doesn’t (usually) judge your cooking skills, and go ahead and have that second slice of pecan pie.
2) Avoid Awkward Gatherings. You’re free from dinners and parties with an overbearing future mother-in-law, your guy’s sassy sister, and his slightly creepy uncle. No need to worry about finding the perfect slimming, yet appropriate dress to impress a man’s judgmental family either. The only family you’re obligated to spend long hours with is you own.
3) Kiss Sexy Stranger(s) Under the Mistletoe. Since you’re unattached, enjoy a bit of flirting, while sneaking kisses with a handsome guy – or two – at holiday parties.
4) Score More Family Time. Splitting holidays with a significant other – Thanksgiving dinner with your parents, pumpkin pie and coffee at his mom’s, followed by drinks with his dad and step mom – can exhaust anyone. As a single lady you can enjoy more quality time with your own family.
5) Save Money. Buying gifts for your boyfriend – from Giants tickets to a luxury gold watch – comes with a hefty price tag. Being single means you can stay on a budget with gifts for your family and closest friends, without over-drafting your account with gifts for a boyfriend, his parents, and his extended family members.
Sarah Shaker is an ex-soap opera producer, living, writing, and dating in the East Village. After launching Bright Lights, My City, a niche NYC lifestyle blog, she began working in community management and social media. Sarah is currently working for MSNBC.com as the Regional Community Coordinator for EveryBlock.com, a hyperlocal website connecting neighbors to make their block a better place.