I love the holiday season more than most things. The parties, the food, the drink, the general joy and emphasis on merriment. God, I miss it already. It can be hard to re-acclimate to the drudgery of day jobs and hibernation, but fear not! I have some super helpful tips to help you get through this trying time of fun-suckery! Like I attempt to prove every Monday and Friday, I got you.
Develop a New Crush
This works best when said crush is currently poppin in pop-culture and has plenty of social media accounts. For those of you who have (or haven’t seen) Star Wars, might I suggest John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. They are both adorable as hell. The proof is in the Instagram pudding. But really, any semi-famous person with online visibility will do. Even those of us who are boring and “taken” can nurse a new crush of the unattainable kind. Subscribe to their snapchats and twitters. Google them and read articles with their name in the headline. If you feel it, it’s fucking real enough! A new crush can add excitement, passion, and pops of color to your day. And this kind of crush can’t even demolish your heart, like those assholes who never deserved your crushes in the first place, so it is far superior in every way!
Find a Weekly Excuse for Friend Time
Brunch isn’t really about the brunch food, is it? Well, ok, it is like half the time, but for many brunch is also a good way to incorporate communal time into their schedule! To treat the post-holiday isolation blues, gather some close friends and get something on the calendar that you can all commit to on a weekly basis. I just agreed to watching The Bachelor with my three best home chicas. Do I subscribe to that binder-full-of-women bullshit? No. Nor do I appreciate girl on girl crime, but that’s not the point. Every Monday at 8 pm I’ll say ,“Bye Adam,” put on my socializing sweats, and grab a bottle of wine on the way out to meet my girls. During commercial breaks we will catch up on each others’ lives and laugh in that ridiculous, jolly way that only really close friends can make you laugh. I may not like The Bachelor, but I definitely am looking forward to Monday nights.
Start a Countdown
You don’t need to be like me and have an app to keep a literal count of the days till anything interesting (460 till Rico turns 21), but you should have something mega-exciting to look forward to! It could be a concert, a party, a weekend away, whatever! The feeling that the super-fun-times are behind us is goddamn depressing. I’m looking forward to filming a new short film in 3.5 weeks and a newly confirmed trip to Pittsburgh in February! Great things are ahead, but putting an exact date of awesomeness onto your calendar and into your mind will help make your long work days brighter. And hey, there’s only about a month until How To Get Away With Murder returns! That’s some pretty good countdown fodder right there.
Get a New Damn Holiday
You can make it up, you can throw a party for something lesser celebrated, it doesn’t matter. As Auntie Mame would say, you need a little Christmas right this very minute! Without a holiday, your hopes may whither. Your good cheer may grow stale. Your heart might shrink back to it’s Grinchy starter size! So get on it! Throw a Groundhog Day rager! Host a Galentine’s Day celebration that lasts all day! Add a gift exchange and assign everyone Secret Leslie Knopes! That lady gave presents that would make Santa pale as he faces his inadequacy! Have a cocktail party to celebrate your niece or younger cousin getting their driver’s license, but obviously don’t invite them because they aren’t old enough for cocktails yet! OR, perhaps the best idea of them all, host a party to celebrate that you and your friends got through the holidays without killing and/or maiming a single relative! That’s one hell of an accomplishment, and you all accomplished it! Hopefully!
You deserve a little Christmas, so get creative and get yours!