The holidays are all about love and sharing with one’s family and friends. For the person who is alone, however, the holidays can be a very dark time. A person’s aloneness is never more magnified than it is during the holiday season. All around, there are scenes of joy and cheer as people attend parties and buy gifts for loved ones.
Sandra found herself facing the prospect of being alone for Christmas for the first time in 30 years. She had recently separated from her husband and the situation was very tense in the entire family. As circumstances presented themselves, Sandra knew that she was probably going to have to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day all alone. This was a big change for her. Usually she was at the center of the holiday, cooking Christmas dinner, buying gifts, decorating the tree. This year, there was none of that. Sandra became very depressed, but rather than let it get the best of her, she found some ways to make the most of the holiday. Here are some ideas for you:
-Find an underpriviledged child to sponsor and provide Christmas gifts for
-Donate your time at a local shelter.
-Plan a day during the season to share gifts with your family if you are unable to do it on Christmas or Christmas Eve.
-Bake some goodies and drop them off at your local fire or police department as a token of your appreciation for all of the hard work they do.
-Spend some quality “me” time as a special gift to yourself. Do things for yourself that you find especially nurturing.
-Get in touch with your spiritual side, and meditate on the true meaning of the holiday.
Being alone at Christmas can be difficult, but if you follow some of these tips, you can have a lovely holiday regardless.