Single at Christmas

By Kelly, age 25, England, United Kingdom

As it is now December, the Christmas decorations are up in the shopping centres, on television are those jolly sing-along-with-me commercials, whilst showing you what gifts are best to buy the children, and every now and then the good looking young man presenting his gorgeous wife or girlfriend with the perfect gift on Christmas morning.

It leaves me to wonder, what happens to all the jolly single people like me at Christmas? Does the percentage of us who don't actually have a child, nor do we have a boyfriend or girlfriend, just get thrown into the Christmas mix but not actually celebrated? I know, for one thing, if anyone's going to buy me a good present it's going to be myself! Who knows what I like best better than me?

I do, however, feel that being part of the single clan we get the raw end of the deal. I participate in spending half my morning preparing vegetables and making sure I have my turkey seasoned and cooked to perfection from the night before. Where's the advert that shows the young, single female, happy in herself, elbow deep stuffing a turkey's backside with a stuffing she's made from scratch?! I want it to be known that a happy Christmas does happen for us single people too, and not all of us are lonely sobbing over a whole tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream whilst watching a Christmas movie waiting for Mister Right to gallop through our door, knock over our Christmas tree, and sweep us off our feet. However boring, sometimes we all live in the real world. Well, consider this as my official stand: let all us singleton's in the world rejoice; I'm single at Christmas and loving it!

I would like to have a commercial that gives a rundown of my Christmas evening - now that would be entertaining, I'm sure. After dinner I sit using every kind of social network I have available to me to arrange the meet up point with all my other single girlfriends, who also have in common with me that they have not received any presents from the Calvin Klein looking model boyfriend! Go to the nearest party or club and dance the night away. We've never been big drinkers so this is all done relatively sober, and yet we have a great Christmas time, the Christmas they don't show on the TV. Here I am, dressed in a slightly provocative but modest dress, fluttering my eyelids at the guy admiring my frame from across the other side of the room, throwing down my best moves whilst having a laugh with my girls. This kind of Christmas is underrated, if I do say so myself, and it is the pinnacle for me and my single Christmas. After all the dancing, which inevitably makes my feet go numb because I'm wearing high heeled shoes (that's another story for another time), I get to go home, tiptoe around because the loved up members and children of the family are all snuggled up in bed, and find my way back to that turkey to make the best tasting single person's cold turkey sandwich ever!

To be honest, I think being single at Christmas gives me the best of both worlds. It's my official Clark Kent moment. In the daytime I'm the humble family girl, then as the night time falls I turn into a party queen. All whilst being SINGLE! Then to ice the cake and put the cherry on top, waiting for the girls to come over again on Boxing Day whilst you snuggle in your pyjamas and eat leftovers discussing what frolics you got up to the night before.

Christmas is a time for loved ones and appreciating those around you, whilst remembering the actual reason for Christmas if you are highly religious. So, for all the single girls and young ladies, remember that Christmas is a time for loving yourself! Just because being single isn't the best way to promote the latest gift idea, it's sometimes the best way to be, at least for the amount of time you want to be!

Single at Christmas - it's not a title, it's a lifestyle!

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March 15, 2012

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