Will you be spending home alone for Christmas? Sadly there are millions of people around the world who spend the holiday season feeling alone amidst the hustle and bustle going on around them. Some of us have recently lost a loved one or maybe Christmas is a reminder of something unpleasant that happened in the past. Others are struggling with depression or feeling that nobody cares about them. We may attend festive parties and sing cheery songs but inside we may be crying out in pain.
There are so many families that don’t even spend time together at Christmas because of distance, being too busy or just because they just don’t want to. This is a shame because Christmas is such a wonderful time to share traditions and create memories.
Take some time to consider your friends, neighbours and co-workers and determine if they are receiving any love during the Christmas season. If you are fortunate enough to be spending Christmas with your loved ones, why not consider doing something special for someone who may be feeling alone:
- invite them to spend some time with your family
- stop in for a visit
- buy a Christmas gift
- call them on the phone
- send a cheery Christmas card
If you are spending Christmas alone, don’t allow any negative thoughts to bring you down. We are conditioned by society to believe the lie that there is something wrong with us if we don’t spend Christmas with family and friends. In reality, there is nothing wrong with spending any day alone. Being alone can be very peaceful if we have a positive perspective on life and realize our true worth and value. Solitude can be a wonderful break from our lives of constant pressure and stress. There are lots of things that you can do to enjoy spending time alone:
- watch a Christmas movie
- listen to some music
- read a good book
- take a walk
- do some puzzles
- organize closets
If you really don’t want to be alone at Christmas you can:
- attend a Christmas church service
- feed the homeless at a local shelter
- go to a park and say hello to anyone you meet
- pick up some Christmas cards, sign them ‘from a friend’ and deliver them to the mailboxes around your neighbourhood
- call people you know and wish them a ‘Merry Christmas’
- try inviting some friends over to watch TV – you might find someone who is just as lonely as you are and wants companionship
Whatever your situation, try to have a good Christmas and spread some love around!