As we approach the holiday season, for the vast majority of singletons, it’s a time we’d rather skip altogether. Spending time with family, overeating (for a plethora of reasons) and the question we all dread – Are you seeing anyone special?
We’d all like to respond with a snide, bitchy remark, but most of us shut off the topic with a brief, closed response. If we were seeing anyone, then we’d be with him or her wouldn’t we? Couples and family members will never understand. They forget what it was like when they were single – if they ever were.
But as singletons, we much rather find a distraction to the fact that we are, yet again, alone for the holiday season. No-one to kiss under the mistletoe, no-one to buy incredibly intimate or inappropriate gifts for and no-one to kiss once the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve.
Now, NYE may be palmed off as an over-hyped night for most people, but chances are, those very people are in a couple and are oblivious to the fact that NYE sits alongside Valentines Day and Christmas Day as the loneliest day for singletons. During this time of the year, I am an owner of a lonely heart and I don’t need the reminder right in front of me when that clock strikes midnight (Canadians take note, yes, you two).
For me, the idea of stuffing my face with turkey, ham and other deliciousness at Christmas is all good. After all, I DO have an obsession with food and I think it’s the food that glazes over the fact that I’m spending yet another Christmas and NYE alone. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not looking for your sympathy. That is the last thing I want - pity from couples! Us singletons despise it - truly, madly and deeply. So don’t.
All we want for the holiday season is to get through it without those dreaded questions, those condescending looks of pity and maybe a pleasant surprise for the New Year. Is that too much to ask?