Cuffing Season: How Not To Ruin Your New Relationship During The Holidays

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It's the most wonderful time of the year — cuffing season! That's right. The cold weather and Christmas spirit causes even the most promiscuous of singles to become lonely and seek a honey for the holidays.

But what happens when the holidays are over? Christmastime often go hand in hand with breakups soon afterwards. Here's how to keep your relationship going strong into the New Year.

DON'T JUMP INTO THE RELATIONSHIP TOO QUICKLY.

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We know it's less-than-fun to show up to your office holiday party solo or to be pestered by your nosy relatives why you're single. But that doesn't mean you should be in a relationship with the first person who shows you any interest. Be selective with whom you date and make sure this is someone you can really see yourself with long-term, not just for the holiday season.

DON'T BE CLINGY BECAUSE YOU'RE SPENDING TIME APART.

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When you've been spending every night together going ice skating and attending holiday parties, it can be hard being miles apart from your honey. But that doesn't mean you should be bothering your significant other every five minutes. It's fine to chat on the phone when it's convenient for both of you, but you should really be spending time with your own friends and family while you're home.

DON'T WRITE OFF THE RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE YOUR S.O. IS BUSY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

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If your S.O. heads home for the holidays, don't expect him or her to respond to your oh-so-adorable Snapchats right away. Don't take it personally if it seems like your bae seems a little more more distant or preoccupied than usual. Chances are he or she is spending quality time with loved ones.

DON'T ASSUME YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS MORE SERIOUS THAN IT REALLY IS.

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The holidays might be a romantic time of year, with couple-y activities, movies, and music pretty much everywhere. Don't let that cloud your judgement and cause you to think your relationship is moving to the next level.

DON'T FORGET TO TALK ABOUT GIFTS WITH YOUR S.O.

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Nothing is more awkward than getting your S.O. a gift only to find out they didn't get you one — or vice versa. Make sure to talk to your honey about whether or not to get each other a gift, and if there should be a price limit. Keep the conversation light-hearted and casual. There should be no pressure to get each other a gift if it's a new relationship.

DON'T ASSUME YOU'LL BE SPENDING NEW YEAR'S EVE TOGETHER.

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Be sure to talk to your significant other about New Year's Eve. For all you know, he or she could have made travel plans before even meeting you. Don't assume you'll be kissing your sweetie at the stroke of midnight unless the two of you make concrete plans to spend NYE together.


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