Before I get started, let me just say that I am not trying to disrespect anyone, their beliefs, or their traditions. I just grew up in a house that celebrated Christmas and have since so it’s what I know. Now let’s get to it!
My favorite holiday traditions consisted of baking goodies with my mother, driving around at night to see everyone’s Christmas lights, decorating the Christmas tree with mom’s Hallmark ornaments, singing every Christmas carol there was, and sneaking out into the living room with my sister to see what presents Santa got us before crawling back into bed and getting a few more hours of sleep. At the age of thirty-six I can honestly say that not a lot has changed. I still squeal and yell “CHRISTMAS!” when I see Christmas lights or decorations. I carried on the tradition of collecting Hallmark ornaments even though I no longer have room for a tree in my small one bedroom apartment. I still bake goodies, however, this year I get to do it with mom again now that they have moved back home and I am stoked! I still sing to every Christmas carol.
But what does one do when they are freshly divorced for the second time and find themselves single yet again?... You lean on loved ones that are required to love you no matter what despite your failed relationships. You develop your own traditions like treating yourself to a movie on Christmas day. Buy small gifts for yourself and have a friend wrap them for you so that you don’t know what you’re opening. Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself a little. Wondering what to do for Christmas cards? If you’re creative, you can make them yourself. If you’re less creative call a photographer and do a photoshoot! You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have! So just because you’re alone and society has a negative attitude about being single, it doesn’t mean you have to let those negative feelings win. Celebrate the holidays like YOU want to!