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How to Be Single on New Year’s Eve

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At this point, if you’re single, you’re getting tired of hearing how hard it is to be single during the holidays. You’re probably thinking that’s it’s been fine so far. Holiday parties are a thing and every time you go to work someone’s made Christmas cookies. Plus, no one judges you for listening to the Mariah Carey Christmas album (original or GTFO) on Spotify 25 days in a row and it’s considered a virtue to still find value in movies about dancing snowmen and reindeer with nuclear noses. New Year’s Eve, however, is another question as it is notoriously tough for a single person.

Luckily, a little preparation can set you right for an awesome end cap to the year. Follow these steps and you’ll be fine.

Lock down your plans early. That way, you remove the panic factor that creeps in as the end of the month draws near.

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If none of your friends are making moves for New Year’s, you just might have to rally the troops. They’ll appreciate you being proactive.

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If possible, put yourself in a situation where there will be other single people, so you’re no subjected to the awkward midnight moment where literally everyone is kissing except for you.

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It’s called New Year’s Eve paralysis and sometimes it happens to the best of us.

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If it happens to you, feel free to make out with a glass of champagne in exchange. Just not too much champagne – no one wants to have to carry you home.

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Once you know what you’re doing for the night marked by outrageous expectations and overblown hopes and dreams, find yourself an outfit that makes you feel like Beyoncé.

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That way, even if you end up at an all-couples gathering, at least you’ll know you’re a boss bitch who runs the world.

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If, however, you’ve found a party where other singles abound, give yourself a little celebratory toast.

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And when another singleton wants to give you a midnight peck, let it happen. It’s 2014, after all!

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But do not, under any circumstances, take a midnight peck too seriously. It’s just a holiday tradition.

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Besides, if another singleton really likes you, they’ll do it again, sans cultural moment of extreme pressure.

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If a second kiss happens, despite the line of two-by-two heading out the door, do not go home with this person.

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New Year’s Eve gives us a severe need to couple up and a post-party sleepover does not a couple make.

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However, if you do take someone home, don’t sweat it.

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You should start 2014 on a note that sounds more like “Hell, yeah!” than “Oh, shit.”

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And if after all of this, you still walk away from New Year’s Eve thinking it was a total bust…

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Just know that that feeling is not exclusive to single people.

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New Year’s Eve is overrated and jam-packed with expectations of magic transformations that we hope will usher us into the next year like happy, prancing baby lambs.

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And none of us – single or taken – can escape the fact that year after year, New Year’s gives us nothing more than a hangover and inexplicable glitter in places where the sun don’t shine.

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