FEELING ALONE THIS CHRISTMAS? Here are tips on what to do
Christmastime is traditionally spent in the company of family and friends. It is a time of joy and laughter, eating special food, giving and receiving gifts. But not everyone has family and friends to visit or welcome. Some of these have never really known what it’s like to be surrounded by loved ones while others have lost those they had to death and broken relationships.
There are also those who are alone because of distance from those they would have loved to spend Christmas with. And there are those in the awkward position of being surrounded by “loved ones” they feel disconnected from. Essentially, they are in the midst of company, but they feel all alone.
However the feeling of being alone has arisen, I want you to know if you’re a child of God, that technically, you’re not alone ’cause the Lord is always with you (Matthew 28:20). But there are a few things you can do to have a great Christmas.These five tips could help you have a great time if you choose to be alone this Christmas. Click To Tweet
If you choose to be alone, not because you’re feeling terrible and woebegone, but because you just want some alone time, you can:
1. Stock up on your favourite food and drinks. Cook what you love or buy it prepared. Take time to savour the taste and thank God for His provision.
2. If you love to read, get some good books in the genre you love and have a feast during the holidays.
3. Ah, movies! I love movies. You can rent or check out the offerings on TV stations you have access to.
4. What are your hobbies? Do you love writing? This could be a perfect time to start, move along or complete that book, craft or whatever it is you love to work on.
5. You could also use this time as a personal retreat, reading the Bible and having quality time with God in prayer. You may choose to just worship and praise Him or you could add inquiries on directions for the new year, etc.If you crave company for Christmas, these are things that you can do. Click To Tweet
If you really don’t wish to be alone, here’s what you can do:
1. Pray for invitations. Those could come last minute to attend Christmas eve service at a church, visit a neighbour on the day or have an outing with an acquaintance.
2. Even if invitations don’t come, look around your neighbourhood for events you could attend. Church services, as I mentioned earlier, camps, concerts and theater productions. Such events may give you opportunity to mingle with other folks and not feel so alone.
3. Is there somewhere you could volunteer? A homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, food bank, church? Do you have a little money? Perhaps, you could buy some gifts (they don’t have to be expensive) and hand out at train stations, bus stops and parks, if it’s not against the law where you live.
(Related: Giving Brings Unparalleled Joy)
4. Look out for someone else who’s alone in this season: at work, in church or in your neighbourhood. Invite them over for a meal or snacks. Or you could help them with something. Ask them what they need and see what you can do to ease things for them. An elderly person may need help with grocery shopping, shovelling snow, fetching water or chopping wood. Someone may need you to help them call their relatives. I know approaching people requires some courage but you might be surprised who would be blessed when you prayerfully do this. Don’t feel bad if one or two don’t accept your offer though.
If your situation is one of disconnection, you can do the following:
1. Focus on the reason for the season, our Saviour Jesus, rather than the detachment or aggravation you might be experiencing.
2. Apply the scripture that says to consider others before yourself (Phillipians 2:3). Make an effort to be interested in what they are doing.
3. Genuinely inquire about their welfare. Do more of listening than talking. You may be surprised at the points of convergence you might discover.
Whatever you do, don’t feel sorry for yourself this Christmas. Know that God loves you and He is always with you. That is why the prophet said of baby Jesus, that his name shall be called Emmanuel, which means God with us (Matthew 1:23).
So there you have it. Have yourself a very merry Christmas and a new year filled with hope for bigger and better things. Merry Christmas once again!Here are some things you can do to have a great Christmas if you're alone. Click To Tweet
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