Christmas is approaching, and you’ve probably started making preparations. It’s a season of comfort, joy, and a slew of cultural expectations surrounding family and togetherness. You may have sentiments of rage, loneliness, despair, and resentment if you are alone on Christmas.
However, many people spend Christmas alone or separated from their families every year for a variety of reasons, including breakups, singlehood, the loss of a spouse, a difficult family situation, and many others. I’m not going to pretend that spending my first Christmas alone was easy, but it was a difficult period in my life, so it hurts.
If you’re going to be alone for Christmas and the holidays after, there are a few things you can do to make it work for you and make your Christmas special.
- Have a plan
Planning is the most important piece of advise I can give you for a solo Christmas. At the very least, you should be aware that many businesses will be closed on Christmas Day, and you must decide whether or not to purchase groceries or other essentials. Hence, you can’t really wait until Christmas Eve to start thinking about it.
Consider your feelings about Christmas and how you feel about spending it alone for a few moments. You still want to have a good time, even if you don’t think being alone on Christmas is a huge problem. You may not want to be with your friends, but you don’t mind being around strangers. You may not mind being alone, but you are particularly worried about spending Christmas alone. Maybe you don’t celebrate Christmas at all, but you’re still reading because you think the advice could help you! They could, of course and it’s a good idea to consider this before beginning to plan your day.
2. Let go of expectations
Christmas is meant to be a special time spent with family and friends, and as a result, it puts us all under a lot of stress. Relax if things don’t go as planned. The best part of spending the Christmas alone is that you are in charge and don’t have to agree with another person on every decision you make. Don’t let the craziness get the best of you; Christmas is what you make of it. Expect less and make the most of it.
3. Make yourself a dish you loved as a kid
Even if you plan on having a typical Christmas meal, treating yourself to something tasty and unique can be incredibly uplifting. Bring that same attention and thoughtfulness to yourself this Christmas, in the same manner, you think about caring for and treating your loved ones during the holidays. Use the same energy you would put into planning a supper with friends to organize your dinner or brunch for that day.
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4. Give yourself a nice Christmas treat
Spending Christmas alone can be disappointing, but there is no need to ignore all the delicious Christmas treats just because you don’t have a partner to share them with. Stock up on chocolates, Christmas chickens, and all of the other delectable holiday treats. Listen to joyful music on the radio and dance as if no one is watching, because no one actually is. Visit a movie theater. You can buy tickets in advance to show that you are serious about your plans. And don’t forget to treat yourself to some munchies and popcorn.
Make a list of exciting activities you’d like to do and plan your day around it. It should not be an issue if you get up early and want to do something completely different. It’s your day and you can do anything you want with it. These small delights may truly brighten your day, and they don’t have to cost a fortune.
5. Take a walk
Another way to enjoy spending Christmas alone is to go for a stroll or a ride for a time with nature. A view of the winter sky and a breath of fresh air may improve your mood. If you can do so safely and easily, go for a walk. Do you have a dog? Allow it to be your constant companion.
6. Keep yourself occupied
If you’re worried that relaxing on Christmas day will exacerbate your loneliness, you can keep yourself focused and occupied with something that will help to keep you distracted. It might even help you enjoy the best of the day. Invest in those things you really enjoy: film, book, music, food, TV shows, etc., and then spend the rest of the day doing everything you want.
Have you been meaning to read a book for a long time? This is an excellent opportunity to brush up on your knowledge. Have a special dish in mind, this is an opportunity to showcase your cooking side and catch fun. It is best enjoyed with your favorite radio station and a glass of your favorite beverage. If there is a craft you have been meaning to learn for a while, this is a great time to keep yourself engaged. You won’t feel lonely. Rather, it will brighten your day!
7. Do things that feel distinctly Christmas
If you’re going to be particularly lonely or unhappy because you won’t be able to participate in your favourite Christmas rituals, you can just do the traditions alone. There are no Christmas cops on the loose who will break down your door if they discover you are eating Christmas meal alone. Setting up a Christmas tree, decorating your home, eating foods associated with Christmas, listening to Christmas music, and watching Christmas movies are all possibilities. So it is all up to you.
8. Spend some time volunteering
You can volunteer to support a charity depending on where you reside. It’s a fantastic way to give back while also replicating the actual spirit of Christmas. Many well-known organizations want assistance in carrying out their missions.
9. Explore the world outside your home on Christmas
Want to get out of your home to celebrate Christmas? Some public spots have a kind of mysterious, almost spooky atmosphere on Christmas Day. Everyone understands that being out in public rather than at home is unique, and that each of us has our own reasons for being there. On Christmas Day, however, there’s something about the hushed cold and absence of people and cars that feels just perfect.
This fact, in my opinion, is extremely comforting.
10. Change your mental narrative
Being alone during the Christmas holiday does not mean you have to be lonely or no one cares about you or that you will be alone forever. There are people in this world that want your time and attention. There’s plenty of fun you can experience with both new and old online friends.
This year might not have gone the way you wanted it to, but it shouldn’t stop you from being thankful because next year may hold lots of surprises for you. A thankful heart is a merry heart. Appreciate everything you have this year and hope for the best, next year.