The holidays are a time for joy and cheer, but for those looking for love, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Navigating the dating scene during the holidays can be tricky business, as the pressure to find someone special to share in the festivities can be daunting. But fear not! With a few tips and tricks, you can make the most out of the holiday dating season. With the right strategies, you can make the most of the holiday season and find that special someone to share it with. So, whether you’re looking for a casual fling or a long-term relationship, these tips can help you make the most of your holiday dating experience. From making a plan to setting boundaries, here are some tips and tricks to help you navigate the dating scene during the holidays.
To help make your love life a little smoother and more relaxed this season, be sure to follow these holiday dating dos and don’ts.
Moving too fast is not a good idea
If relationship is up to the minute, you might end up being tempted by the holidays. Dating coach Stacy Karyn.
“But instead of giving in, try to think logically. Ask yourself if you’re actually ready to take such a big step, or if it’s just the magic in the air getting you ahead of yourself.”
An Exchange Of Gifts Is A Brief Conversation
Do exchange gifts Even if you’ve only been dating a few weeks, it’s a really good idea to regard him/her with a little something.
“A holiday gift can send a big message—if you want it to—or simply show that you’re thinking of them. Whether it’s a new or old relationship, a little gift exchanging can always put a little spark in your relationship,” suggests Karyn.
Taking Things Personally Is NOT a Good Idea
Dating during the holiday season can be misleading, especially if it’s a new relationship.
“Some people want to spend more time with families and friends and aren’t ready to introduce you into the mix,”
Melissa Divaris Thompson marriage and family therapist says in this regard
“Don’t take it personally. Give yourself time and space to connect with your own family and friends.”
Do NOT Forget to Invite Your Date To Holiday Parties & Events
“If you have an office holiday work party and can invite a date, go for it it!” says Thompson.
“Especially if you feel confident they can easily take care of themselves in a crowd and you don’t need to constantly take care of them.”
Holiday parties don’t need to be a big deal, and are normally the more the merrier. But if you’re nervous that it’s too soon to familiarize this person into the mix of people you work with, listen to your heart.
Always Be Confident at Parties
Sometimes attending your partner’s work, family, or friend’s holiday party can be the first time you meet other people in their life. Don’t get nervous be confident and own the stage.
“If you’re joining one of your partner’s holiday parties, do your best to walk in exuding confidence, even if you’re nervous,” says Hershenson.
“Showing approachability, friendliness, and interest will create a positive first impression.”
If You Are Single Go Out & Attend as Many Holiday Parties as You Can
People are out at night more than ever this time of year and in good spirits. Even if it means skipping a spin class or having sore feet after a long day, get out of your apartment, put on something sexy, and go to that party! You never know who you’ll meet.
You might want to reach out if you find out the reasons have changed. If not, be careful of your feelings — and theirs — as meeting up could open old wounds. Let them know what you’re looking for, and maybe a holiday meetup will rekindle the romance.
The holidays are no exception to the rule that dating should be fun all year. Take advantage of the festive magic with these tips and see what happens.