Festive things to do with single friends


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Being single over the festive period doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Team up with your single friends and try some of these ideas to fill your hearts with Christmas cheer.

The festive season is a great time to team up with your single friends and have some fun together. Your friendships are just as important and enriching, to your life as romance so make the most of being single and spend some quality time together.

Go ice skating

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete novice ice skating is a great activity to do with friends. It’s a way of being together, supporting and encouraging each other, having a laugh, and learning new skills or improving old ones. The twinkling lights, festive atmosphere and exhilaration that comes from those lovely feel good endorphins which are released when we exercise, will leave you and your friends closer than ever.

Most major cities have temporary ice rinks over the festive season. They‘re often located alongside great food and drink venues so you can thaw out and catch up with your pals afterwards.

Go carol singing

According to research, singing is not only a good way to lift your mood  but it can also have positive effects on your health. Singing is a natural thing to do but many people don’t because they think they can’t sing. In amongst a group of carol singers, belting out festive tunes, even the shyest of singers are able to have a go.

Going along to a carol service with friends can be a very bonding experience. Colette Hiller, director of Sing The Nation, is convinced that singing with other people helps individuals connect to each other and their environment. “Think of a football stadium with everyone singing,” she says. “There’s an excitement, you feel part of it, singing bonds people and always has done. There’s a goosebumpy feeling of connection.”

Get baking

Spending a day with friends baking your favourite Christmas treats is not only great fun but also a chance to swap and share those special family recipes which make your Christmas unique. Variety is the spice of life and many people have their own individual take on traditional Christmas recipes which they would happily share.

Here’s a friend’s simple, delicious alternative to traditional mince pies which even the most ardent of mince pie haters are sure to love:

You will need a 12 hole muffin/patty tray for baking (but makes 24 pies).
Orange Pastry – 500g plain flour, 175g caster sugar, 375g butter, finely grated rind and juice of one large orange. Combine into big sticky dough, wrap in cling film and chill for 30mins.
Filling – 250g Full fat cream cheese, 50g caster sugar, 500g mincemeat.
Mix cheese and sugar together. Roll out pastry (do it in batches) leaving it quite thick. Cut out 12 3 inch rounds, place in greased tray. Fill half with mince meat, half with cheese. Top with 2 inch rounds. Prick with fork, glaze with milk

Bake at gas mark 7/220C for 15-20 mins or until golden brown. Repeat until all pastry finished.

Take the initiative

If your diary is a bit empty it’s easy to assume everyone else is having a ball and you’re the only one home alone. It could be that your single mates are thinking the same about you but no-one’s putting the word out that they want company.

Be proactive and initiate activities and gatherings rather than waiting to be invited. It’s nice to also include people you may not have thought of before, maybe neighbours you know are on their own. Remember that Christmas is a time for giving and being single often means you have more of the most precious gift of all to give – your time.

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