I know the holidays can be an especially tough time for singles, especially if this is your first Christmas single. But I wondered how many of you have developed new traditions that you look forward to that make the holiday actually fun?
I realized that I have several holiday traditions in place now, and the holidays have actually become a good time for me. I'm not terribly close to my family, so I have other activities I enjoy. I do get together with my family on Christmas day, but that's about it. Otherwise, I have two different groups over (one is this Friday) at some point before Christmas. I love to entertain, so it's fun for me. There's also a one-man Christmas comedy that is performed every year in my town (based on a David Sedaris story) and I'm going to that again with a friend. There's a multi-professional holiday party I go to. My best friend's brithday is on the 10th, and we always do something. My father's birthday is Dec. 27 and I have my parents over. A former coworker visits her mother here every year, and we get togther several times. I have a group of neighbors over for a dinner.
It's not that I set out to make these things happen--they just evolved over time, and I'm very grateful I have these things to look forward to. The holidays used to be excruciating for me. Now, if I only had a date for New Years Eve! I know a lot of people hate NYE, but I like it. I don't even really care about going out, but I do like to do something, but usually I don't. One of my favorite NYE was spent with a male friend (from college) who came to visit and we drove to a quaint historic town about an hour away, had dinner at a low-key restaurant then took a buggy ride around the town. We came back in time to see the ball drop at my house and that was it. I'd like to establish a NYE tradition. Perhaps a dinner party?
What are some things you all do over the holiday?