Over the years, in several relationships, I always hated the social expectations at Christmas. Go to meet folks, visit relatives, go for lunch, be at such and such party - just generally a hectic day of feeling obligated to please other people. Note that I'm talking about Christmas Day itself here alone, not the entire season. Since I've been single again, I've enjoyed the luxury of being able to do exactly as I like, on my own, on Christmas Day. It's just about the only day during the whole year where I can choose to do that and I defend that independence quite strongly nowadays. Even so, I get pressure, particularly from family, to do otherwise. It either takes the form of some warped form of pity (THEM - "You really shouldn't have to spend the day all alone"; ME - "But that's what I want to do!") or a guilt trip ("We thought you'd come and see us on Christmas Day, of all days" - this often comes from relatives I see just about every single other day of the year). Christmas Day is a special day for me because I get to be peaceful by myself for once. Is that really a bad thing?