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Seasonal socializing when you’re solo

It’s December again, and you know what that means; parties, presents, and too many cocktails to count! It’s prime time for socializing and odds are good your calendar is jam packed with soirees and stop-ins that seem cut out for couples. This is great if you’re in one, but if you’re flying solo this season – whether it’s because you’re actually single or simply away from your nearest and dearest – this time of year can be more intimidating than intoxicating. But It doesn’t have to be! Here’s your guide to navigating the holiday season solo:
 
Don’t Wait – Decorate!                                                                   
When you live alone, it’s easy to blow off the urge to decorate. After all, no one will see it but you, right? Even if you don’t have an ounce of company (see tip number two ahead), a little dose of the holiday spirit at home will take the edge off winter’s chill and instill a dose of gratitude for all that you have. So, whether it’s a little tree, a menorah, a string of lights or something else that warms your heart, get to it! You’ll enjoy the festive glow, even from the sofa.
 
Entertain en Casa!
Now that you’ve gone the extra mile to up your home’s holiday mojo, it’s time to stoke the hearth. Whether it’s a dinner party for four or a few cocktails for anyone who’s still in town over the holidays, have a few friends over to embrace the aura you’ve created. You’ll make memories to outweigh any lingering sense of loneliness and maybe even last a lifetime.
 
Don’t Be Afraid To Go Solo
You may feel the urge to hibernate, but don’t skip that Saturday night holiday party just because you don’t have a date. Mingle! You’re likely to find you’re far from the only solo attendee and community is about more than your relationship status.
 
Be Grateful
Whether your life is everything you’ve ever dreamed of or you still have a long way to go, you have plenty to be grateful for. Take a moment each day to practice saying thank you for the past year. Whether it was good, bad or in between, lessons were learned and ground was gained. You are the master of your own destiny and with ever year’s end, comes a new beginning. Put yourself in the space to seize yours and have the New Year of your dreams.
Stephanie K. Smith is a freelance writer working across mediums. Her pieces have appeared on sites ranging from CNN.com to National Lampoon and she’s written television pilots for Fox, CBS, The CW and Legendary Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, Dash and their (girl) cat, Fred.  http://www.stephanieksmith.com/

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