Top 5 Reasons it’s GREAT to be SINGLE over the Holidays!
December 6, 2010

Holiday lights, Christmas trees, presents, parties — the holiday season can be AMAZING fun and filled with friends and gifts and reasons to be thankful. The thing about the holidays is that if you are SINGLE, and you are not near your family (either in proximity or in spirit), it can be a time of trepidation where you just want to put your head down and work until it’s all over.

Cheer up, singles! It doesn’t have to be a time of anxiety — take a deep breath and reflect on  the Top 5 reasons it’s GREAT to be SINGLE over the Holidays:

1. You are not forced to go to your spouse or significant other’s holiday party — you don’t know those people anyway, and you will be spared the small talk and empty calories this night would bring.

2.  You are saving money on presents!  This is money that can be spent on making your own holiday merrier.

3. You have time off from work — USE IT to do something YOU really want to do! With less commitments than those who are married — you can decide to take a snowshoeing trip, or learn to cross country ski, or snowboard, or anything else you’ve really wanted to do, because now you can!  Afraid to do it yourself — take a lesson!  Most ski resorts offer them and you have instant “company” on the slopes/snoeshoe hill.  Or, if you REALLY want to have an endless variety of singles events to go to over the holiday season — you can be engaged in holiday fun every night by joining Events and Adventures (www.eventsandadventures.com) — the adventure and activity club for singles only.  Concerts, shows at the theater, parties, gift exchanges, holiday dinners (even ON Christmas day), group trips for snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, holiday tree lighting in the mountains, and more are already planned for this month in 22 cities across the United States and in Vancouver, BC.  In fact, if you join Events and Adventures and mention the SingleFun blog, you will get your New Year’s Eve party for FREE as well as a thank you for joining.

4.  Great opportunities to meet new singles  — the holiday season is a GREAT time to see and be seen, and many singles are the ones traveling to your town to see their family — what better opportunity to meet them!  Bonus: if their FAMILY is from here, they are not really that long of a long distance relationship — they will always come home.  You can turn the added parties, and the excuse of “spreading holiday cheer” into the best opportunities of the year for you to look your best, reach out to your friends and neighbors and meet someone new!    Pay it forward — bring holiday cookies to your neighbors, or offer to shovel snow from their driveway.  Embrace the holidays instead of hiding from them, and you may find that your neighbor’s nephew or niece from out of town is actually cute, interesting and willing to help you put up your Christmas lights!  Or that the hum-drum holiday party down the street will actually offer you a great opportunity to meet someone new.

5.  Create your own definition of the “holiday spirit.”  If you have always wanted to volunteer at a soup kitchen, there is no better time.  Been looking for the time to organize donation efforts — there is no better time than now to get others to jump on YOUR holiday bandwagon.  A single friend of mine organizes a “Toys for Tots” party at this time of year and the entire group of us meets at a local Toys R Us or Target, buys some holiday toys,  and proceeds directly to the neighborhood fire station for donation to the kids.  All this is followed immediately by a holiday cookies and cocktails party.  What a fun way to share the joy of giving with your friends.

No matter what you decide to do over the holidays, realize that there are some big advantages to being single at this time of year — and in the end, it’s what you make of it!  Tell me, what’s YOUR ideal way to spend the holidays when you are single?

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What to do for #Thanksgiving when you are Single
November 1, 2010

I remember moving to Seattle one very rainy November exactly 11 years ago.  I lived in a hotel for the first 2 weeks.  My boxes with my entire life in them arrived at the cute bachelorette pad that I had rented in Belltown the day before Thanksgiving.  There was no sense in flying to Cleveland to be with family when I would be there with them for the Christmas holidays, just 4 weeks away.

It was my first — and in fact my last — Thanksgiving completely alone.

I knew no one in town except those in the office I worked with — and I didn’t even know them very well yet.  I woke up Thanksgiving day and turned on the television and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Not so exciting when you are by yourself, with no dinner or friends to look forward to later in the day, or even later in the weekend.

When you are single and living in a town far away from family or anyone you know, you need friends to create a normal life.  One where you have connections with people, and look forward to those connections.  One where you can share your precious and hard-earned time off in a fun way, with others.  Otherwise, what’s all that work for, anyway?  Time to blow off some steam!

Every Thanksgiving ever since that first one, I have spent up at Whistler with about 75 single professionals, just like myself.  We had Thanksgiving dinner together — we visited the clubs and spas together, went out to the shopping and exploring together, and I snowboarded every day with about half of that group (the other half finds other activities, like spas, snowshoeing, shopping. etc. to do during the day).  Amazing.  So much fun.  Such friendly people.  A real vacation instead of just a dinner.  Wow!

I did this just by joining Events and Adventures.  In all seriousness, I don’t know of any other group in Seattle or Vancouver BC who takes care of Singles on Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Weekend.  They take care of all of the reservations and organization to Whistler EVERY Thanksgiving – and that’s on TOP of events planned here in Seattle for those who don’t choose to travel.  The most that I ever paid for my accommodations and 2 meals per day for that 3-night, 4-day weekend was $250.  Such a deal at Whistler is hard to refuse.

They are going again this year — call them now and Tivo the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!  You’ll be out enjoying your time off with gusto, and being thankful for all the new friends you’ve made this year!

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