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Being single during the holidays: the best thing in the world

December 22nd, 2014

Gabi Unleashed

Contrary to what you might believe, one of my favourite times of the year as a single gal is the holidays! This is my third holiday season solo so I’m starting to have my own little rituals! And not to have a boyfriend in your hair, dragging you down, well, that’s just awesome! ;)

More presents from me to me

First of all, I’m horrified by the idea of giving a present to a guy! It’s true! I become so stressed that he won’t like it that I tell him what it is before he’s finished unwrapping it just to avoid a potentially bad reaction. I become totally awkward, I start speaking fast and get really embarrassed. I want so much to find an original, trendy gift that I could very well wind up gifting a pair of synthetic cow-hyde boxers… yup! Anyhoo, just to avoid that moment fills me with joy! And when we’re talkin’ no in-laws, we’re talking more moolah for me!!! So hello there you gorgeous handbag that’s been taunting me for the past four months and the super-high heels that give me killer legs! Come to mommy! ;)

To be able to tape Home Alone 1 and 2 in the same evening

Having a boyfriend during the holidays means all your evenings are booked. Christmas party with childhood friends, his work friends, his cousins, spending the weekend at the chalet with his entire family… and the same thing on my side!  Being single means… no more compromise! A perfect balance: having half of my evenings booked and the other half… free! YEAH! My Home Alone 1 + 2 evening with a yummy mug of hot chocolate with too many marshmallows… Already booked in my agenda! KEVIIIIIIN!

Eat the way I want

During Christmas parties, I eat until I want to burst… no, seriously! I don’t know why, but abundance turns me into an ogre and I try everything, even my Aunt Thing’s olive aspic. I really wouldn’t want my stomach, full from having eaten so much, to wreak havoc by making loud, unsexy gurgling noises the rest of the evening. So this year, I’m going to try everything at the giant Christmas buffet and pay the price in peace! Halleluya!!!

Ah! The joys of comfy undies  

One might say that during the holidays, you feel like you always have to look your best. Whether you’re out at a restaurant, at a bar, or just relaxing with friends at a dinner party, well, in the month of December, everyone is always dressed up! Don’t get me wrong, I love looking good, but it’s not necessarily comfy. Since I’m single – again – this year, I decided that I am going to wear my most comfortable undies without anyone having to know! And we agree that these undergarments are not necessarily the ones you’re going to wear on a first date, right? ;) So my new motto? Look good on the outside and feel amazing on the inside! ;)

Decorate like my life depended on it

I ADORE Christmas decorations! Since I live alone, I can absolutely overdo all the decorations we take out once a year. Seriously, I kind of remind myself of Will Ferrell in Elf when he decorates his father’s apartment. My girlfriends think I’m so tacky but I do love it when people say I’m still a kid at heart! ;)

Sleep in my bed on January 1st

Okay, I confess, it doesn’t get any harder than being single on December 31st. Those couples who smooch at midnight and promise each other the world for the year to come is so depressing! So the trick is to go out to a club with your single friends. I would be lying to you if I told you that I remember most of my New Year’s Eves! (Oops) Being solo on this evening means coming home and sleeping alone, which is pretty amazing, considering the state I’m usually in on this particular night of the year. I can also wake up when I want the next day and eat whatever I want for breakfast, even if it means finishing off the rest of the triple-chocolate Christmas log! (Oops again)!

So what are some of your own, unique holiday rituals?

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Gabi is the girl who never goes unnoticed. Charisma and - it must be said - her big mouth intimidate many. She’s also never been in a "real...