With the cold December weather in the air, it's impossible not to see couples holding hands and snuggling with each other. But instead of wallowing in self-pity and wondering why you’re "alone" this Yuletide season, celebrate singlehood and focus on the other good things around you. Here are ways you can enjoy (and survive) this festive season solo.

Treat yourself.
Yes, go to a spa and have a massage. Visit the nail salon to get a mani-pedi. Go on a shopping spree with your hard-earned money–this is the perfect time to get pampered and spend quality time with yourself.

Bond with your loved ones.
They could be a former classmate, a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, or one of your family memberswhat’s important is that you take the time to strengthen your relationship with them.

Make new traditions.
If you have just gotten out of a relationship and will most likely be spending Christmas alone, you should create new holiday traditions rather than celebrate the ones you had with your former partner.

Jennifer J. Harman, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, says you should look for new ways to celebrate them so you wouldn’t be reminded of the past. "Experiencing holidays the old way can be painful." Cheers to new and fresh Christmas traditions!

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