Feeling freaked about your single status?
As the start of the holiday season approaches, many singles start getting the blues over not having a special someone to enjoy it with -- but instead of feeling bad about sleeping single in a double bed -- this is a great time of year to celebrate being fabulous without a significant other. Even better, it's the perfect time to meet someone.
Here's five great reasons not to be scared of being single during the holidays. This year, try embracing being single. Get out and date and and enjoy the holiday season. We've got five great ways for you to turn your fear of being single into the pleasure of meeting new and interesting people.
1. Halloween costume parties
Let's face it, going to parties stag is always a drag. But at Halloween, you can mask your fears by putting on a costume and being someone you aren't most of the year. Choose the kind of Halloween costume that will express your mood this year (Silly? Sexy? Sarcastic?) and then throw yourself into the spirit of the season. You just never know who you might meet at a Halloween party -- someone else with a spirit of adventure that matches your own.
2. World Series Watch parties
You don't have to be a "homer" to enjoy baseball in October. The two teams that made it all the way through the playoffs are destined to create spectacular moments that everyone will be talking about, so go ahead and pick a team. Don't know anything about baseball? It's an easy sport to learn because it goes at such a slow pace. Find someone who will give you a few pointers and get flirting. Are you an expert at baseball? Take the time to introduce someone new to the game.
3. Harvest suppers
Okay, so these kind of dinners often sound like the ones that are thrown by the ladies of the church or your dad's Rotary Club -- but just because a "harvest supper" has a tradition doesn't mean it has to be stuffy and old-fashioned. Put your own fantastic cooking skills to the test and invite a few friends over for feast with all the tastiest foods of the season. Ask each of your friends to bring a guest -- preferably someone you've never met before. A friend of a friend just might be your match.
4. Thanksgiving gatherings
There is always room for one more person at any Thanksgiving table, so don't make the mistake of staying home alone eating a frozen turkey dinner if you are miles and miles away from loved ones on the holiday. Let people know you are alone and accept the most intriguing invitation you are given -- no matter how mysterious it might be -- you will be surprised at the kindness that is shown by families on this particular holiday. And you never know, that single guy that Aunt Bessie wants to fix you up with just might turn out to be a hottie after all!
5. Holiday mixers
Put on your little black cocktail dress and head out for happy hour. It seems like almost every organization has a little end-of-year holiday gathering and you shouldn't turn down any invitations if you're single and ready to mingle. Don't go with any expectations, except to have fun and enjoy (usually free) nibbles and libations.