Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What do the lonely do at Christmas? Whatever they want.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 9:34 AM


By now, you're overloaded with Christmas cheer.

I know I am.

Thursday can't get here and leave fast enough. As I drove down Independence Boulevard today, I heard the most depressing holiday song, "What do the Lonely Do at Christmas," and it got me to thinking.

What do they do?

Around this time of year, we're bombarded with those damned "Every Kiss Begins with Kay" commercials. If you're single and without family, you probably want to puke every time you see one.

That's just how I felt last year.

Some people say that you should take your lonely ass out and give back to others. Go visit a nursing home, wrap gifts for the homeless and all of that. While those are worthwhile efforts, it's really hard to force Christmas cheer when you keep getting text messages that read: "He went to Jared's."

So, what do the lonely do at Christmas?

Why not skip it?

Taking a trip to a place filled with singles, like Vegas, a resort in Mexico or the like, could possibly get you out of the holiday doldrums and increase your chances of getting a nice gift of your own. Just know that if you have a holiday fling, use protection so that you won't receive a gift that just keeps on giving.

If you've been hit by the recession and booking a last minute trip is out of the question, why not call up some of your single friends who didn't get a gift from Jared and go bar hopping after all of the "family Christmas" events are over?

You'll hear a heaping of holiday drama and probably meet other singles and unattached people who had to get away from the table and screaming kids.

If you're spending Christmas in Charlotte, check out these spots:

Bar Charlotte. Though Thursday is normally college night, college students are gone for the holidays.

NV Night club. They're hosting an alternative lifestyle party, seriously doubt there will be any Jared gift receivers there.

The best thing that you can do for yourself is realize that you don't have to like Christmas and you don't have to be lonely and depressed. Remember, you can be your own party. You can make this the best Christmas ever.

And if all else fails, there is always Craig's List.

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