50 Things to Do When You’re Single for the Holidays
Written by Brittney Moses | December 17, 2015
Are you single for the holidays?
Is “cuddling season” inapplicable to you?
Are you getting “all the feels” this time of year?
Well, I’ve got news for you. There are so many ways to find genuine joy, love and peace that have nothing to do with having a boo. In fact, this is the perfect time to experience life with those you love—and love yourself in the midst of it. Get proactive with these 50 things you can experience while going solo for the holidays.
- Decorate your room festively because it makes you warm and happy inside.
- Add a mistletoe and pine-scented candle to light at night so it smells like Christmas every day.
- Take long bubble baths and sing your favorite holiday songs out loud, relentlessly, without shame.
- Start a gratitude journal and write about something to you’re thankful for each day.
- Have a Christmas classics marathon with hot chocolate. Start with It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.
- Invest in Angel Tree by sharing God’s love with children whose parent(s) may be incarcerated. Help let them know they’re not forgotten.
- Volunteer at your local homeless shelter.
- Go through your closet and donate those clothes you’ve been hoarding but never wear or that no longer fit.
- Learn a new signature holiday dinner or dessert recipe and master it.
- Grab your girls and go ice skating or try taking a class together.
- Attend the candlelight service at your local church. They’re always so beautiful.
- Mail a thoughtful handwritten letter to loved ones about how much you appreciate them. Yes, pen and paper.
- Curl up on the couch and get lost in a book.
- Start a photo book album—as in actually printing out your favorite photos and putting them in an album.
- Make it a gift! Print out your favorite memories with a loved one and gift it for them.
- Complete a big elaborate Christmas scene puzzle, the kind you work on little by little each day.
- Host a holiday brunch or dinner. Invite some of your best friends, include some games, play some music, make it special!
- Buy special Christmas Eve PJ’s that you will wear strictly just for that day.
- Make a gingerbread house.
- Eat the leftover candy.
- Regret eating so much candy.
- Decide you’re going to eat healthier for the New Year.
- Go see a Christmas play, musical, concert or ballet. If you can find a Nativity show, you’ve hit the jackpot.
- Find your favorite holiday station or playlist and play it every day, all month, in the car. No compromises.
- Plan and craft DIY Christmas gifts for your family. Spend less, save more and make it meaningful.
- Shop on Etsy for already-made custom gifts because you’re too lazy to make your own.
- Decide to work on your procrastination for the New Year.
- Turn off the lovey-dovey Christmas Hallmark movies that give you all the feels for a boyfriend.
- Don’t text your ex.
- Thank yourself later.
- Pick up the phone, find out what your friends and family are doing and get involved. You don’t have to be alone. Be proactive.
- Go on a social media sabbatical; actually get out and experience the season with these people.
- Go on a road trip. It doesn’t have to be in another country, or even across the U.S. Travel to a city within your state you’ve never seen.
- For the musically inclined, write your own Christmas carol or holiday song.
- Actually learn and execute a new holiday hairstyle from Pinterest.
- Make a list of your five best qualities and your short-term and long-term goals when you get lonely and forget who you are and where you’re going.
- Start a daily Christmas devotional from YouVersion’s Bible-reading plans or grab one from the Internet.
- Read the Christmas Nativity story over and over again from Matthew 1-2 and Luke 2 until you know it by memory.
- Go to the nail salon and get a fun Christmas design on your nails, or do it yourself, if you’re artistically inclined.
- Try every holiday seasonal flavor of coffee at Starbucks or a local cafe that’s offering them, like peppermint mocha.
- Write yourself a letter and open it in a year. State what you’ve learned this year along with some encouragement for the future you.
- Forget the summer beach body. Start a workout plan, no matter how light or how strenuous, and decide to get healthy because you matter.
- Pack a lunch and go to your local park. Take in the wintry air, the spirit of the season and enjoy every second of it. Bring a book.
- Write a blog post or record a vlog on “How to Survive the Holidays Single” or something else of personal significance this time of year.
- Get the new haircut or color you’ve always wanted and surprise everyone on Christmas.
- Bake a cake for Jesus and praise Him for who He is.
- Find out what neighborhoods in your area go all-out on Christmas lights and plan to make a visit. Go sightseeing in your PJ’s at night with friends or family and any little ones you know.
- Write a short story about a girl who’s single for the holidays and finds true meaning and worth from God and loving herself. Totally not about you at all.
- Decide to not sweat the small stuff. This season nothing will steal your joy, you are drama-free and will respectfully dismiss yourself from anything that works against that.
- Love yourself. That’s right, this is the time to enjoy the luxuries of doing the things you love and experiencing the joys of life with friends or family. You don’t need a boo to complete you.
- And this bonus, because I thought I should at least present the idea:
Did you enjoy this list? What would you add? Comment below!