If you’re single and feeling a bit down during the holiday season, rest assured you are far from the only one. Many singletons get super anxious when it comes to attending holiday gatherings, be it family functions or company Christmas parties, without a partner, often anticipating persistent (and nosy) questions about their single status.
Not only that, the holiday season often brings a sense of doom and gloom for many singles, and the chilly weather doesn’t make things any easier. However, it’s not a reason to wallow in self-pity while curled up in the fetal position on your couch, elbow-deep in a bag of chips—not only does this strategy, as comforting as it may be, do nothing to improve your mood, but also, staying cooped up at home might lessen your appeal to potential partners (ew, that’s rude).
But if the thought of having to explain to one more person why you’re not in a relationship is sending you spiraling, hold on to your seasonal sanity for a little longer—we have some good news for you!
Online dating apps report that the holiday season is a crazy busy time for romance, with over 50 million messages exchanged and around one million dates happening. Want to rev up your dating life before Santa arrives? Of course, you do, and we are delivering our holiday dating tips and strategies for finding love under the mistletoe wrapped up in shiny paper with a bow!
Rather than viewing the relentless cycle of holiday parties as an “I have to go this,” approach them as opportunities to mingle under the mistletoe. Consider us your personal elves guiding you on a holiday-themed speed-dating circuit. With tons of singles hoping to make romantic connections during the holidays, you’re for sure not the only one searching for a romantic partner over a festive mug of eggnog.
Sign Up for a Dating Site
Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean it has to be any more challenging for singles. It’s actually the perfect time to jumpstart your love life via online dating sites. Why? Well, there is an exponential increase in activity online during the holidays, so it’s a prime time to look for new romantic connections.
Go To Local Holiday Festivities
Your community, regardless of its size, is more than likely overflowing with festive spirit during the holiday season. Everyone loves Christmas, so venture out and immerse yourself in the holiday light decorations and displays—holiday celebrations have a way of bringing people together. Who knows, you might just “ooh and ahh” over the local Christmas tree next to a potential someone special!
Host Your Own Party
Fed up with feeling out of place at Christmas parties dominated by couples? Take the initiative and host your own holiday bash. By inviting your friends in advance for a festive dinner, you can curate a guest list that includes a balanced mix of couples, singles, and partners, ensuring that no one is relegated to sitting alone at the dreaded ‘singles’ table.
Get Involved in Giving Back
The holiday season is all about giving, and there’s no better way to embody this spirit than by volunteering for a cause or organization you’re passionate about. Contributing to the welfare of others is not only fulfilling but also a great way to connect with those who share your values.
Tips for Dating Sites
There are no two ways about it; dating sites have become a pivotal tool in the search for holiday love. Whether you’re looking for a “holidate” for Christmas parties and events or a serious relationship, the right approach can make all the difference.
Here is why online dating sites shine a lil’ brighter around the holiday season:
- Increased Activity: Most single people feel an acute and heightened sense of loneliness during the holidays, leading to way more activity on dating sites. This increased activity means—you guessed it—more potential matches!
- Shared Festive Spirit: The holidays offer common ground, so start conversations with holiday-themed questions—sharing your fav traditions can break a natural icebreaker.
- Holiday Dates Are Special: The season is full of such cute date opportunities, from Christmas markets to ice skating to holiday light displays.
Creating the Perfect Holiday Profile
To snag a date that could lead to love, you need to craft a compelling dating profile! Here’s how to do it:
- Update Your Bio: Show your holiday spirit in your profile. Talk about your love for holiday movies, music, or your favorite way to spend a cold winter night.
- Seasonal Photos: Include a photo or two that screams the season—maybe it’s you in a Santa hat, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer This signals you’re active on a dating app and ready to meet someone special in time for the holidays.
- Be Honest About Intentions: If you’re looking for something serious, say so! The holidays can be a time for those searching for more serious connections, but being honest and open about what you are looking for is important.
Conversation Starters and Keep the Twinkle Alive
Now that we have icebreakers covered let’s get into how to keep the chat going past the initial messages!
- Holiday-Themed Questions: Ask about their favorite holiday tradition or the best gift they’ve ever gotten. It’s super relatable and easy to respond to.
- Plan Holiday Dates: Suggest a date at a local holiday event, like grabbing a hot chocolate at a Christmas light show!
- Stay Engaged: The holiday season is busy, but regular communication is key. Talk about your holiday highlights, even if it’s just a photo of your office party or you in your best ugly Christmas sweater.
Safety for Holiday Dating
- Public Places for First Dates: Always choose a public place for your initial meet-ups. A seasonal holiday market or a busy coffee shop are great places for a first date.
- Respect Boundaries: The holidays can be emotionally charged, so be respectful of emotional and physical boundaries, not just during Christmas, but all year round.
- Stay Sober on First Dates: It’s easy to indulge in holiday spirits but stay sober to make sure you and your date are both comfortable and safe.
The holiday season offers a truly unique opportunity to find love—everyone is feeling the magic! And with the right approach to dating apps, you can find someone to share the reason for the season. Always be yourself, stay safe, and let the Yuletide spirit guide you to the best gift of all—love.