The holidays are generally supposed to be a happy time full of love and laughter, but it's not always like that for anyone. While many people are just fine being single on the holidays (they're happy about it, actually!), others feel totally depressed about being alone this time of year. Just know that if you're feeling down and out about being single for the holidays, you aren't alone in your…well, loneliness. There are many other single people out there who are hiding their holiday misery. To see how they feel about this time of year, check out these three main reasons people hate being single for the holidays:
1. Their Family Bothers Them About It
Family is by far the most bothersome thing about being single for the holidays. When you show up to Christmas dinner all by yourself, you're greeted with a million questions from nosey family members. You're not seeing anyone? Whatever happened to that nice girl/guy you used to date? Are you putting yourself out there enough? You're not getting any younger, you know? We've honestly heard them all and every single one of them makes us roll our eyes. Why can't family members just mind their own business?!
2. It's Lonely
Sure, the holidays are supposed to be all about coming together and spending time with loved ones, but for single people the holidays are just a major reminder that their all alone. You go to parties and see friends or co-workers with their partners. You get Christmas cards with lovely pictures of your family members with their spouses and children. You go shopping and see all the gifts that people are buying for their boyfriend or girlfriend. All of this is just a constant, never-ending slap in in the face when you're single for the holidays.
3. The Holidays Are a Timestamp
Something we don't always think of is that the holidays signify the end of the year. As soon as Christmas is over, we prep ourselves for New Years and we begin reflecting on all the good and bad things from the last year. For people who are single on the holidays, this can be a painful reminder of failed relationships. It can also be a measure of just how long they've been single. This realization can either be inspiring or depressing…for many it's depressing.