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What it's really like to be single during the holidays

Krissy Brady is a women’s health + lifestyle writer who’s so out of shape, it’s like she has the innards of an 80-year-old. Instead of learning how to crochet, she decided to turn her emotional baggage into a writing career (genius, no?)...

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

For every reason to love being single during the holidays, there's one to despise it too — especially when the cheesy Christmas music turns the cool couples you know into lovey-dovey, pukey-wukey commitment-bots who try to set you up with the single goobers they know from the office/gym/rehab. Suddenly, everyone around you is laying the love on thicker than the cupcake frosting you're planning on hoovering later.

And so begins the emotional roller coaster of being the dateless holiday spinster:

Pro: The only family you have to pretend to like is your own

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Con: A backup family would really come in handy

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Pro: You get to spend all of your money on you

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Con: You have no one special to spend your money on

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Pro: At least you have your dog

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Con: But even he has a date for New Year's

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Pro: You get to spend your time exactly how you want to

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Con: Which will include getting sucked into the vortex of "Why it's OK to be single during the holidays" articles

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Pro: Amazing holiday flings

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Con: Holiday flings that cause PTSD

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Pro: You get to party it up like a boss

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Con: But first there's the whole entering-the-room-solo thing

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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But even through all the mistletoe awkwardness...

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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And people who act like singledom is contagious...

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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The fact remains: You get to go home to this...

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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Instead of this...

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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That is all.

Why being single during the holidays is the best and worst thing ever

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