While I would love to have someone special to share the holidays with, I must admit that I am secretly thankful for the fact that as a single person, the only thing usually expected of me from a big holiday dinner is to show up and then clear my plate off the table when I'm finished. I'm not expected to host the dinner. I'm not expected to cook the whole dinner (every so often I might be asked to bring a dessert or a salad, but that's as far as it's gotten). And while I generally offer to help clean up, I'm not expected to and am usually told to just relax. The trouble comes in making sure I have friends who are going to fix the whole dinner and are willing to invite me over. So far I've done pretty good in that department.