6 types of holiday hookups

Even though they’ll never admit it, most single people secretly fantasize about meeting someone special over the holidays. 

6 types of holiday hookups
6 types of holiday hookups
11 Mar 2015

6 types of holiday hookups

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Even though they’ll never admit it, most single people secretly fantasize about meeting someone special over the holidays. Not only does it sound pretty magical to connect with a handsome stranger while drinking peppermint mochas beneath the Christmas lights, but all the talk of joy, love, peace, and new beginnings make singletons feel extra sentimental. Plus, finding someone over Christmas or New Year’s means being spared another lonely Valentine’s Day.


At the same time, even the hottest of hookups can feel pretty darn depressing once the festivities end and life goes back to normal. Keep reading to learn about the six types of holiday hookups, and whether you’ll feel naughty or nice after indulging in them.  

1. The family friend you always run into at holiday gatherings
1. The family friend you always run into at holiday gatherings
11 Mar 2015

1. The family friend you always run into at holiday gatherings

You know the dorky nephew of Aunty whats-her-name from your parents’ Bible study group? The one that the aunties have tried setting you up with for the past decade?  Now that you’re single for the fifth Christmas in a row, he doesn’t look so bad anymore. He’s from a good background, your parents approve of him, and goodness knows that you’re willing to deal with a lifetime of “I told you so’s” from your mum for the sake of not dying alone. 


Naughty or nice?: Nice! While you should never date a subpar guy out of desperation, it’s time to break the habit of automatically rejecting the people our parents set us up with. You never know – he could be the Mark Darcy to your Bridget Jones. 

2. A classmate you haven’t seen in 10 years
2. A classmate you haven’t seen in 10 years
11 Mar 2015

2. A classmate you haven’t seen in 10 years

For some reason, old schoolmates LOVE throwing class reunions over the holidays. And inevitably, some of them will look a lot more eligible than they did back in school. Combine the thrill of new love with the festive season and the sense of familiarity, and you’ve got a hookup that your 16-year-old self never could have predicted.


Naughty or nice?: For the most part, nice. It’s good to attend reunions with an open mind. Venture out of your clique to catch up with your casual acquaintances. You never know who you’ll reconnect with. At the same time, if you go after someone for worldly reasons (i.e., he lost 30 kg and drives a Ferrari), think about how you would feel if all the guys who ignored you in high school did a 180 simply because you’d changed your appearance. 

3. Your ex
3. Your ex
11 Mar 2015

3. Your ex

There are few occasions when you are more susceptible to drunk dialing than when you’re at a New Year’s party, all alone, with nobody to kiss at midnight. Small talk, exchanging numbers, and dating is exhausting. Why start from square one with someone new, when you can just reunite with someone who already knows you?


Naughty or nice?: Naughty! Hooking up with an ex, especially when you feel as vulnerable as you do over Christmas, is never a good idea. So put down that phone and start off the New Year on the right foot by courageously venturing into the great unknown.  

4. Your coworker at the office holiday party
4. Your coworker at the office holiday party
11 Mar 2015

4. Your coworker at the office holiday party

You and him already have an established camaraderie. Maybe you even have some undefined chemistry. Even though he doesn’t seem like an appropriate candidate 364 days of the year, thanks to the combination of alcohol, holiday games, and work-related fatigue, you forgo all inhibitions to hook up with behind your boss’s back.


Naughty or nice?: Naughty. Sure, some office relationships work out, but most of those didn’t begin with a chance encounter in the meeting room amidst Christmas champagne.  

5. A stranger you meet at a New Year’s Eve party
5. A stranger you meet at a New Year’s Eve party
11 Mar 2015

5. A stranger you meet at a New Year’s Eve party

This one’s the classic ideal. You go to a New Year’s party solo, dressed to the nines, and manage to  hit it off with an eligible friend-of-a-friend in time for the midnight countdown.


Naughty or nice?: We’re going to go with naughty. While this scenario lies at the heart of many single people’s New Year’s Eve fantasies, these hookups are fueled less by actual chemistry than by a deep desire to participate in the world of couples. You’re sharing a moment, not a lifetime, so just enjoy it for what it is. 

6. Someone you meet while on an overseas holiday
6. Someone you meet while on an overseas holiday
11 Mar 2015

6. Someone you meet while on an overseas holiday

Blame it on The Holiday, Love Actually, or Eat Pray Love, but if there’s one fantasy that trumps them all, it’s this one. Instead of spending the holidays with family and friends, some singletons choose to embark on a solo vacation. Not only will they escape the holiday doldrums at home, but they’ll be free to wade in a whole new pool of single people.


Naughty or nice? Naughty, but in the best way possible. Regardless of whether or not things work out in the end, you’ll have a story to carry with you for the rest of your life. 

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