If I am ever single around the festive season, I immediately delete the dating apps from my phone.
I put my flirting into hibernation mode and I decline any events where I might run into an ex or another age-appropriate single person.
This might sound extreme, but the method to my madness is so accurate, I've convinced all my other single friends to stop dating during December, too.
December does something to people. It makes them feel like "home". The upcoming public holidays mixed with the idea that they're most likely going to be reunited with family and old friends puts them in this weird mood.
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They're excited because they're going to be eating a lot and seeing their favourite cousins but they're also anxious because their nana and aunt and friend of a friend and uncle who's not really their uncle are all going to be asking one question: "Are you seeing anyone?"
The question every single person dreads, the question that makes the room fall silent as they wait in anticipation.
The sad reality is that whether you love or hate dating - every single person visibly cringes when the answer is an apologetic "no".