Dating someone new advice

Whose family do you visit, hers, yours, or do you go your separate ways?

Is it a total faux-pas to break up with her on New Year’s Eve? Being single during the holidays can be difficult, especially if all your friends are paired off (and spending time with their significant other).

Local events in your city or neighborhood, such as tree lightings, pop-up ice skating rinks, and holiday festivals will all be teeming with single ladies who are open to meeting someone new. The two big things to think about if you’re already partnered up for the holiday season are finding the perfect gift for her and social obligations (including family time).

If you’ve just started dating, or you’re still in the beginnings of the relationship—let’s say you’ve been together less than six months—any gifts should be cheaper but still personal. “Too much too soon, and you’ll scare her off.” Jewelry, for example, is tricky and very personal—and can come across as ultra-serious—so Sullivan suggests staying away from it for the first year or so, at least.

“You really need to have a clear conversation about what the relationship is and where it is—or isn’t—going,” Sullivan says.

Dating—whether you’re swiping right on Tinder or getting ready to propose to your (hopefully) future fiancée—is tricky enough most of the year.

But during the holiday season it gets especially tough, thanks to all the memories, oxytocin, and emotional gift-giving that takes place.

But the holiday season—from the beginning of November through New Year’s—is actually a great time to be single, according dating expert Sameera Sullivan, founder of matchmaking service Lasting Connections.

“The holidays are a very busy season for the matchmaking business,” Sullivan explains.

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