What if it isn’t really so wonderful in your family?
What if your heart is aching for someone to celebrate with, yet your family is all alone this year?
It might be the death of a loved one or being far away from your extended family, no matter how you ended up feeling lonely this year, here are some suggestions to help the season pass without you or your children feeling so alone.
- Adopt a child in need to buy gifts for. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to help someone have a Merry Christmas. Most churches and schools participate in some type of “Angel Tree” adoption where you can bring joy to a child.
- Sign your family up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. This gives you a chance to be in public spreading Christmas Cheer as you greet people. This is great for a family with older children.
- Help your children make and deliver cards to a nursing home. Many of the residents never have visitors. Even if they are confused about who you are, they enjoy seeing children and your presence can ease their loneliness this time of year.
- Do some cookie baking and share with your neighbors.
- Serve a holiday meal at a shelter or church.
- Go caroling with your kids at a local park or large venue.
- Invite a college student or elderly person to join your family for your Christmas dinner. Often they are as lonely as you are, but together you can enjoy your Christmas celebrations.
- Don’t forget the children confined to the hospitals this Christmas. Contact the social worker about providing a mini-Christmas tree, gifts, Christmas PJ’s, or even a stocking for Christmas morning.
No matter your circumstances or even financial status, these are a few simple ways to serve others and rid yourself of loneliness this holiday season.