Why it's great to be single at Christmas

December 14, 2012, 3:11 pm Alice Ellis Women's Health

Make the most of your single status this festive season...

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Newly dumped and feeling down? Take heart: it's the perfect time of year to be single

Right now is the “peak break-up period” – yep, couples are twice as likely to consider breaking up within the fortnight leading up to Christmas, according to two studies (one that examined 10,000 Facebook status updates and another by Yahoo! Personals).

Why so much dumping going on?

Blame has got to be laid mostly on the silly season’s influx of parties, where well-dressed people in celebration mode mix with inhibition-busting booze. (Oh, and the scrooges among us may assume it saves those in financial hardship money on a romantic Christmas gift.)

But it’s not all sombre. Summer is also the funnest season to make the most of your single status.

“New singletons should look on this time as an opportunity to kick back and enjoy thinking for just themselves rather than for two. Being single can be a lot of fun,” points out Howard James, spokesperson for new “casual dating” site, Forget Dinner, Australia’s first for single people who don’t have any intention to get married.

His tips for a happy festive season as a 'freemale':

1. Make plans

“Think about the things you want to do, see and achieve and make them happen. Don’t just wish for these things; actually write down plans for how you’re going to ensure they happen.”

2. Avoid drunk-dialling

“You don’t need to wish your ex a happy Christmas or see how they’re doing… Back away from the phone when these urges arise.”

3. Buy yourself a gift

Spend the money you were going to spend on him, on yourself. “Cheer yourself up and ensure no disappointment by buying the gift you really want this Christmas.”

4. Don’t search for “the one”

“Give yourself a break and enjoy some festive fun and casual dates. Sign up to new casual dating site Forget Dinner and meet other singletons looking for some no-strings-attached fun.” It’s free to register.

5. Enjoy the perks of singledom

“Focus on number one – being single is not a death sentence, it’s an opportunity to be selfish and think about only you!”

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  1. Scott06:31am Saturday 15th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Forget Dinner is a scam site loaded with fake profiles.

  2. alienconcepts11:51pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    christmas is for christians .. the rest of us celebrate the pagan glories of mid-summer or mid winter ( 22/12) and the return of the sun at the arctic circle on the 25/12 .. actually christianity pinched the pagan celebration days as one of the only mechanisms by which it could infiltrate and exert influence over the pagan societies of northern and western europe ... how did we get outsmarted by these radicals from the middle east .. Their all saints day was originally the harvest festival of northern pagans ( 1/Nov).

  3. John11:42pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Too much hype and emphasis is put on relationships, yeah relationships can be wonderful and great even though i would never know because iv'e never been in one but they are not the be all and end all of life and everything, a person can be single and still be happy and fufilled in life.

  4. Martine B09:27pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    100% agree; always gone "single" to survive the "holiday season"; don' t regret a bit of it! (I don' t have kids)

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  5. Harry07:10pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Before Xmas is a difficult one but it does finally have its resolve after Xmas once all the theater of smiling to relatives and friends is gone. . The affairs are all in place by December , the play acting completed by 28th Dec .. The relationship is over by mid January ... On your bike in February to a new life ..good luck to those in the planning stage now .. :(

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  6. Think about it06:49pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    BOSON have a blood test !!! you might be the sate distributor??

  7. Think about it06:47pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I DID mean Wealth

  8. Think about it06:46pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Strange how Womans Wealth BLAMES the guy all of the time,I could tell you many a GOOD story about MARRIED WOMAN straying??? Yes I have a great relationship.

  9. Lynne05:52pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sounds a great idea but what about the people who want someone to be with for xmas?

  10. Glib04:53pm Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    6. Have sex with as many people as possible.


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