Are you single? What do you do for the holidays? This has been a dilemma for me my entire adult life. I’d say 80% of the time, I’m pretty content being single, but there’s something about the holidays that just makes me feel like the odd woman out in a game of musical chairs. Generally, my family has a big “family Christmas” gathering around Thanksgiving, so we all get to see each other, but then spend Christmas in our own homes. When my cat was alive, that was fine with me. She was my furry “kid”, and I wanted to spend the holiday with my kid. After she passed away in 2006, I’ve been a bit at loose ends. I spent two Christmases with my ex-boyfriend’s family. They were lovely people, but the emphasis that was placed on expensive gift-giving at a time when I was having financial problems was stressful for me.
The following year, I discovered the joy of traveling during the week between Christmas and New Year’s (when my office is closed anyway). I went to New Orleans that year and loved it. I got to explore a city I’ve always wanted to visit, which kept my mind off the fact that it was the Christmas season. Somehow, I feel less alone when I travel than I do if I’m at home for the holidays.
So this year, I’m doing something I’ve wanted to do for the past 10 years: Spending Christmas in Las Vegas. Las Vegas doesn’t shut down for Christmas, which makes it a great place for people to go who want to “opt out” of the traditional holiday. I’m hoping to do some live tweeting and blogging from Las Vegas while I’m there. If, between opening presents, visiting family, and stuffing yourselves silly with Christmas ham and cookies, you would like to follow along on my Vegas trip, you can follow my tweets at Twitter.com/VegasSolo and look for blog posts at my Vegas blog, The Vegas Solo.
What do you think about singles opting out of a traditional Christmas and traveling for the holidays? Have you done it? Would you?