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

Dec 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. ET
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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

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Con: A backup family would really come in handy

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

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

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Pro: At least you have your dog

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

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

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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

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Pro: Amazing holiday flings

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Con: Holiday flings that cause PTSD

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Pro: You get to party it up like a boss

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

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But even through all the mistletoe awkwardness...

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And people who act like singledom is contagious...

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

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Instead of this...

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That is all.

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