‘Tis the season of romantic sleigh rides and kissing that special someone under the mistletoe, but if you’re single over the holidays all the mushy merriment of the season might leave you feeling more like a Grinch. Nothing puts a damper on Yuletide cheer quite like a stagnant love life. Luckily, the cure for the holiday relationship blues is simple: All it takes is good food, great friends and plenty to drink. So if your single relationship status has you feeling less than merry this season, grab a few of your closest friends for one of these festive friend dates and you’ll be filled with holiday cheer in no time.
Corny Holiday Movie Night with Wine:
Invite a friend or two over for some good, old-fashioned holiday movie bashing. Pick an extra sappy and predictable made-for-TV movie (some of the corniest can be found playing on Hallmark and Lifetime channels) and let the good times roll. Pick up a bottle (or box – we won’t judge!) of your favorite wine or whip up one of these holiday sangrias to keep you well hydrated during the film. A glass or two into the movie and you’ll be feeling all kinds of warm and cozy.
Gingerbread House Decorating with Eggnog:
If you’re ready to nest but haven’t found your turtle dove just yet, gather some girlfriends for a gingerbread house decorating party. Who cares if rent for a studio apartment in NYC is outrageous when your house is made of gingerbread and the neighbors are cookies? While you’re decorating, nosh away on the candy fixings and serve up some eggnog. Your spirits will be merry and bright before long.
Present Wrapping with Cider:
After you finish the exhausting (and not to mention fund-draining) task of shopping for each person on your holiday list, you’re still left with dozens of presents to wrap – which is a total bummer to do alone. Make the most of this seasonal chore by calling on your girlfriends to join in on the wrapping. (Remember, the more the merrier!) Ask each friend to bring along their unwrapped gifts, a roll or two of wrapping paper and some festive ribbon. Get the holiday tunes pumping and some warm cider flowing to really get the party started. But don’t forget to clearly label each gift or else your grandma could end up with the gag-gift sex toy that was meant to go to your college roommate!
Cookie Swap with Spiked Hot Chocolate:
One of the best parts of the season is having an excuse to pig out on all of the delicious food. (You’re not taking that extra helping because you’re single and lonely, you’re just getting into the holiday spirit!) Have your friends join in on the feast by inviting them to a cookie swap. Each person bakes a different kind of cookie and then everyone shares in the wealth. And remember, nothing goes better with mountains of Christmas cookies than some hot cocoa (spiked, of course.)
Ugly Sweater Karaoke Party with Christmas Ale:
Don your “gay apparel” and “troll the ancient Yuletide carol” with a group of single friends. This festive gathering requires nothing more than a few ugly holiday sweaters, some ale and a computer with access to a YouTube karaoke channel. Provide your guests with plenty of Christmas ale so they have enough liquid courage to belt out their favorite holiday tunes. We guarantee that once you’re a few drinks in and singing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” while wearing a Christmas tree sweater, your single status will be the last thing on your mind.
Kimberly D. Horner recently graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in journalism and professional writing. She dreams of moving to New York City and fulfilling her life-long dreams of becoming a dog owner and having a paying job. When she isn’t curled up reading the works of Jane Austen or hunched over her desk writing at 3 a.m., she can be found on the stage – acting, directing, or designing costumes. Some of her favorite things include: Earl Grey tea, naps, Sherlock Holmes, tie-dye cupcakes, the musical My Fair Lady, and actress Lucille Ball. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @KimberlyDHorner or read about her vaguely interesting life on her website.