If you missed cuffing season, or decided that you didn't want to get in a relationship just for the sake of a warm body to cuddle when it gets cold outside, you may be facing the fact that you're going to be alone this Christmas. Which is not all that bad. Your time is coming. You're just enjoying sweet singledom for as long as you can make it last.
Until you get around your family. Your sisters are having kids, your brother just bought a house, and everyone around you is achieving major milestones while your aunt Thelma is asking you, "Why are you still single?"
Emily Seawright can relate to your situation on a spiritual level. And that's just what she did this Christmas.
“My family sends out a different Christmas card every single year, it’s been a tradition for as long as I can remember, but we have never done a funny one,” said Seawright. “We thought it would be really funny, so we all made our own signs for the photo." Emily is 20-years-old and lives in Southern California. Oh, and she's single, if you couldn't tell. She tweeted out this picture, and it blew up online.
Emily's Tweet got over 350,000 likes, and a flurry of news media asking her if they could share the picture on their sites. It also got am overwhelming amount of people replying that they could relate, which resulted in a string of posts that let everyone know that hey, I'm single too. Just like Phu - just Phu.
Along with the people relating to Emily's singleness, the post also generated some offers to take Emily out on a date. A few eligible bachelors shot their shot, but received no reply from Emily. We think that would be a pretty hilarious way to meet your future husband, but the gods of the Twitterverse deemed it not to be.
Others have come before Emily in paving the way for singles awareness during Christmastime - Twitter user Kbobby_22 claimed he did it first. What an interesting thing to name your child. We bet he got a lot of attention when roll was called during class. Just kidding, but of all the things to start with "E," egg salad was a funny choice.
"My daughter came up with it and we thought it'd be funny," Emily's mom, Diane Seawright, said. "We have so much going on our lives, as you can tell by our signs, that we were just too busy to think of something else. Reluctantly, we all took part in the signs and here we are." Emily is lucky her name begins with "E," or else she could have been egg salad or an egg McMuffin.
"[Emily] just has a great sense of humor," Diane added. "I don't want people to think we're this cold family that threw our daughter on the side." This family, on the other hand, sort of did just that. Not on purpose, but they all went and got married or got significant others, which is obviously just as bad. How could they.
The Seawrights have a long family tradition of making Christmas cards special, when Emily's great-grandfather used to make them. "He used to hand-draw them," Diane explained. "They always had amazing Christmas cards. When I married my husband, the first thing his grandma said is, 'What kind of Christmas card are you going to do?' I said, 'I'm not sure. I haven't had time to go shopping yet.' She said, 'Oh no dear, the Seawrights don't buy store-bought cards.' This goes way back."
We are so blessed beyond belief with our family and our girls and our grandbabies," continued Diane. "Luckily we're young enough to enjoy it and we're loving all of it.This card came in from one woman who's riffing off the fact that she lives alone. Don't worry, girl, one day you'll be like Diane.
"I think it’s crazy that it’s gaining so much attention, it was really just meant to be funny, but I had no idea so many people could relate to it,” Emily said of her tweet. “Since posting it, I have received many messages on every social media account I have—there are actually so many that I can’t even read all of them, but I find it hilarious and flattering!” Brad probably thinks so too! Poor Brand.
Diane wanted to reassure everyone that her family is "very happy" and that Emily is "happy being single." Sure, sure, we know you're just saying that and you're actually crying into a secretly spiked cup of eggnog. Oh, that's just us? Sorry, then. Moving on.
This Christmas card is, in fact, not even one of the family's most shining moments. Diane explained that the card was actually more of a rush job than they were used to. “My husband is in the film industry. He’s a first cameraman so we’ve been a lot of places." Some of their cards have been shot in South Africa, New Orleans, and Lake Arrowhead. But we bet none of them got 350,000 likes on Twitter.
Some people are just overachievers. Like this man, who recreated the entire nativity scene in order to showcase the fact that he is alone for Christmas. Well, he does have his cat. And cats are all we need, aren't they? Please pass the eggnog.
Another user on Reddit shared his sister's brilliant Christmas cards. "I have four sisters. Me and three of my sisters are married. Bridget is not. My parents decided it would be awkward to have a Christmas card with just one daughter in it, so they cut Bridget out of their Christmas card (the married siblings all do their own. except me. I'm lazy)
So Bridget decided to send her own Christmas cards."
We're wondering how Bridget is still single after sending out these hilarious cards. We're also wondering how she got that chicken, but that's beside the point. We wish Emily and all these wonderful single people many funny Christmas cards in the future, but at one point with a significant other. Go forth and start cuffing.