If you find the festive season tough because you're single, you're not the only one. 47% of singles dread the big day because it makes them feel lonely - and rightly so, when all you can see are couples shopping together and boyfriends and girlfriends exchanging romantic gifts.
But it's not all bad. If you are single this year, count your blessings.
For a start, you won't have to deal with annoying in-laws, awkward 'when's he popping the question' questions at the dinner table and the stress of making sure your dinner comes out edible.
Here are 5 reasons why being single at Christmas can be awesome.
1. More money to spend on yourself
'Tis the season for giving right? But what happens when you've no one to give anything to? Spend it on yourself of course.
You can also go Christmas shopping when you please rather than having to wait for the football match to finish.
And, you'll have more to spend on the people you know and love (and your drop dead party outfit).
2. Don’t be the only single person at the party
If you know your family are nosy and WILL ask lame questions like 'have you come alone again?' - don't give them something to gossip about.
Take a friend along, be the host, or arrange to do something else.
Why not escape for a few days?How about a luxury spa day or a city break somewhere scorching? It'll give them something to talk about when you walk in on January
4. Fill your time
Christmas means everyone's off work, which means it's the perfect time to catch up with old friends for some festive drinks and meals out.
And the best part? You won't have to answer to anyone when you roll in at 4am.
5. Catch up with family
You don't need a partner to be able to enjoy some downtime with your brother or sister.
Enjoy some family time this season complete with Christmas movies, mulled wine and Turkey, the lot.