7... days of doing whatever the hell you want.
The holidays can mean time off from work. Why not travel? Pack up and take an impromptu trip. Though it may feel like it now, it isn't likely you'll be alone forever. So use this time to hop on a train and do something spontaneous.
8... more hours of sleep. Vacation from work should mean kicking back, refreshing and reloading. Exhaustion from a snowboarding trip with friends is one thing. Exhaustion from spending two of your five days off on a plane schlepping from one family to another is completely different. Relish in the uncomplicated.
9... fewer gray hairs from fighting. "What happens often in the holidays is that the relationship takes a back seat to the event," says Hines. "It's similar to people getting married. They often forget about the relationship and just focus on the wedding." This kind of selfishness, intentional or not, is recipe for a plethora of fights. Minton says that, a few years ago, her boyfriend at the time ruined everyone's holiday by acting like a spoiled 5-year-old when he argued with his brother and then accused Minton of not taking his side. 9 Things To Say During A Fight
10... conversations with family. Is it just us, or is bonding with your family that much more relaxed when your other half isn't there? Cherish this time to peacefully help your mother prepare, or zone out in front of The Simpsons with your brother.
11... gaudy decorations to add (or delete). You want more tinsel? You got it! A clock that chirps a holiday carol every half-hour? Wind 'er up. Or, on the flipside, does all that campy kitsch make you secretly want to travel far, far, far away at the first hint of the holidays? Then shun it all, baby, and soak in your white walls and wrapping-paper-free floor.
12... more months until you have to worry about it again. Thank God.