It's one of the most romantic times of the year, and if you're single, the holiday season also provides plenty of opportunity to socialize, make new connections and -- who knows -- meet someone special. Here are some tips to help you on your way:
1. Throw a holiday party
Invite everyone you can think of -- friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances -- and ask them to bring a friend or two to widen the circle. Add in some festive music and fun games to break the ice and really get the party going.
2. Do good deeds
Offer to volunteer at local charities. You're not only giving back to community, it's also a great way to meet other like-minded people.
3. Go to singles night
These days, venues from classy clubs to church groups often have dedicated singles nights designed to attract people just like yourself -- and there's definitely no stigma attached. Grab your single friends and get ready to mingle.
4. Let your confidence shine
Confidence is the number one trait that the opposite sex find most appealing, so try to relax and enjoy yourself -- even if you are shy.
Don't feel sassy and sexy? Fake it! Be smiley, friendly and approachable.
5. Flirt a little
It's okay to make the first move if someone catches your eye. And no, you won't look desperate. Direct approach is often the best, so start with a simple hello and introduce yourself. To get the rapport going, establish great eye contact, smile and offer a sincere compliment -- these subtle flirting tricks let him know that you're interested without being too obvious.
6. Don't get yourself drunk
Alcohol often flows more freely during the festive season, but know your limits.
Don't put yourself in a position where you might lose control.
7. Don't pressure yourself
Lastly, don't beat yourself up if you don't meet anyone special this holiday season. Concentrate your efforts on having a good time -- love often comes along when you least expect it!