How Do You Celebrate When It's Just You … or Maybe Two?

How Do You Celebrate When It's Just You … or Maybe Two?

Kimber Watson
Nov 19, 2009

I'm sure most of us have thought it at least once while the turkey was being carved. "Wouldn't it be great if I could spend one holiday without my crazy family?" But unless you've experienced flying solo for the holidays, you might be unsure about how you would handle the usual festivities.

Of course there are a few advantages to celebrating a holiday alone. No family squabbles to deal with would be at the top of my list. There's also no need for compromising. You can dine where you want, when you want, and on what you want. But for most people, celebrating alone does not happen by choice. And since the holidays are typically seen as the time of year for families to be together, this can be hard pill to swallow if you are celebrating solo due to loss or distance.

There's also the situation where it might just be the two of you. Whether you're a couple trying to establish your own tradition or financial constraints are preventing the usual travel plans, it might feel depressing or lonely to stick with the traditional celebration. Do you stick with tradition and still whip up a lavish meal? Do you pick and choose what is important to each partner and incorporate that into the day? Do you make reservations at that fancy restaurant you've both been dying to try?

So when it's just you, or perhaps two, how do you celebrate the holidays?

(Image: Flickr user iirraa licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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