How to Make the Best of Your Holiday Season Without a Romantic Partner

How to Make the Best of Your Holiday Season Without a Romantic Partner

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I love the holiday season. Nothing beats going for a drive and finding Christmas lights while drinking a hot cup of cocoa. It’s the best time of year to remember the beautiful things about life. But, when you’re single, the holidays can be a painful reminder of what you don’t have.

So, from one single adult to another, here are four ways you can make the best of your holiday season without a romantic partner.

Serve Someone

Serve Someone

”The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” Leo Tolstoy

An excellent way to get out of the single awareness blues is to give to someone. It’s a great mood booster and helps lift other people up too! Here are a few ways to help 😉

Donate to a Charity

I’m always hesitant to just give my money away, (it’s hard to know how it’s being used) but I discovered a couple of helpful guides! Charity Watch and Charity Navigator both provide a list of charities and rate them for their services. They’re both great starting points for diving into the world of charity donations.

Play Secret Santa with your Neighbors

Create or buy a gift basket and doorbell ditch someone’s house. Amazon actually has some great options for this.

Make a Plate of Sugar Cookies or Home-Made Salsa for a Friend.

My grandma had this amazing salsa recipe she would use every year during Christmas time. I remember going to her house saturday morning in the middle of December and spending the whole morning creating little baggies of chips. We’d pour the salsa in white styrofoam cups and I’d haul them to the neighbors. It was a lot of fun and one of my favorite Christmas traditions before she passed away.

Make someone’s day by delivering something homemade to their door 🙂

Donate Coins to the Red Cross.

You know those Santas you see every year ringing a bell at the grocery store? Why not give some coins to their cause? You could set aside a glass jar or metal tin for this and drop any coins you collect throughout the year! It’s a very simple way to give.

Some other ideas: Give to local homeless shelters or the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Declutter and donate to charities, serve at an animal shelter.

Love Yourself

Love Yourself

“Love Yourself first and everything falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world” ~ Lucille Ball

It’s hard walking down the street and watching couples walking arm in arm. It’s hard not having someone to snuggle with when it’s cold outside. Enjoy the things you do have and, heaven forbid, don’t keep beating yourself up about it!

It’s so easy to beat ourselves down when we don’t have a romantic partner, especially during the holidays. Trust me, I know lol. Instead, do yourself a favor and give yourself some lovin’.

Watch a Feel Good Movie

Hallmark. Oh, Hallmark. A lot of those movies are so ridiculous, but sometimes you find a couple of gems. If Hallmark isn’t your thing then maybe watch The Holiday or A Christmas Story. Whip up some hot cocoa and sit back and relax!

Decorate Your Home for the Season

Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to turn into the grinch! Make the best of your holiday season by buying a Christmas tree (Home depot has some great options) or better yet, getting a tag and cutting one down yourself. (That is if you celebrate Christmas 🙂 if not decorate for the holiday traditions you follow! Or learn about a new holiday and make your own traditions!) Spice up your life with delicious scented candles.

You don’t have to bleed out your bank account, but try to brighten your home with a few cheerful decorations.

Read a Holiday Book

Now’s a great time to get caught up on all those old Christmas classics. (Bookbub has a great list of classics you can check out).

A few more ideas: Buy yourself a gift. Have a spa day. Go out and find some awesome Christmas lights.

Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family


“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~Earl Nightingale

All of the above can be accomplished on your own, but it’s a lot of fun to get your friends and family involved too! Here are some other ideas to explore as a group.

  • Have a white elephant gift exchange with a group of friends
  • Have a gingerbread house competition
  • Go to a live performance of A Christmas Carol
  • Sign up for secret Santa as a big group
  • Go caroling (or kazooing if you’re like my family. No seriously, we go kazooing around our neighborhood lol)
  • Reconnect and have a reunion with old friends
  • Make this holiday season all about homemade gifts.

There’s so many things you can do to make the best of your holiday season without a romantic partner. Enjoy it. Make the best of your situation and be grateful for all that you do have.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! What are some holiday traditions you have? What’s helped you be positive while being single during the holidays?

As always have a beautiful weekend!