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Why Survive the Holidays?

By Nicelise
Why survive the holidays?So I have to say I was so consumed in holiday happenings last week that I didn't have time to write a new post.
I couldn't help but notice a plethora of relationship articles on various magazine's websites about surviving the holidays while being single. As someone that has lost beloved family members, the holidays always remind me that I no longer have that person physically in my life. So I understand what it means to survive the holidays, however I don't think that is at all the same as being sad or depressed about being single for Christmas.
2010 was a year full of celebrity break ups: Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, Christina Aguliera and Jordan Bratman, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, etc etc etc.
Now Hollywood relationships may differ from real world relationships, but most relationships don't last forever.
Unless you just went through a messy divorce, which is unlikely for 20somethings, what is there to be sad about? Being single means you have one less person to buy a gift for, which also means you don't have the stress of tirelessly looking for the "perfect" gift for that person. It also means you don't have to worry about who's family you spend the season with, which also means that you don't have to worry about getting his or her parents a gift or awkward family parties.
The most major benefit to being single for Christmas, in my mind, is being able to spend the whole time with your own family. With the people that have been with you your entire life. The people who have seen you at your best and worst. Those people love and accept you no matter what. The people that have to stand by you and remain in your life. The people that may drive you nuts, yet you make plans with them for every holiday. The people who may not like you at the moment, but will always love you.
Those are the people the holidays should be celebrated with. Those are the people, when they are no longer in your life, that you should be thinking about how to "survive" the holidays without them.
xoxo Nickie

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