Enjoy Christmas Day
Enjoy Christmas Day
1. Decorate for Christmas
While it may seem unusual to decorate when you re by yourself, it is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and lift your own spirits. Choose your favorite decorations, or go out an purchase some new ones if you don t have any. If you enjoy making things, you can also make your own Christmas decorations for a special touch. Put up your tree, hang decorations around the house and string up a garland or two. Put some lights out the front that way, they can be shared with everyone who goes past.
2. Play Christmas music
Prepare a playlist of your favorite Christmas songs, or purchase prerecorded Christmas CDs. Keep the music playing on Christmas day to help you feel in the spirit. As an added bonus, you can sing as loudly as you want along with the carols and not feel embarrassed.
3. Send Christmas cards or Christmas emails out to as many people as you can
Send cards or email greetings to any family members, mothers father, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews. Send them to your friends, send them to people you work with, send them to people who provide you services. Send as many as you can doing this will help you feel like you are sharing Christmas with others. Send the cards or greetings early and you will find that people send them back. Even though you are on your own, you will know others are thinking of you at Christmas.
4. Buy yourself some gifts
It s normal to buy things for yourself all through the year, so it s just fine to treat yourself at Christmas too. The great thing about buying gifts for yourself is that you get exactly what you want in the color, shape and size you want. Wrap the gifts up using great Christmas paper and put them under the tree to open on Christmas morning. Even though you know what they are, it s still fun to have new special things on Christmas.
5. Plan a great Christmas meal
Since you are celebrating Christmas on your own, you can serve all your very own favorite foods. This might be as quirky as turkey and ice cream, as functional as pizza, or as traditional as what your Mother used to make when you were little. Anything that takes your fancy. Get your favorite foods, your favorite drinks, your favorite dessert and all the trimmings. Set the table up beautifully with a special tablecloth and candles to make it feel like an extra special meal.
6. Go to church if you normally do this
This will allow you to spend Christmas with others. Also it will mean that you will think more about the real meaning of Christmas and discover it is just as special whether you have hundreds of people to celebrate with or no one at all. If you are lonely, go to church services at three different churches on the day and see which is your best.
7. Get your favorite DVD of all time to watch or one you have been dying to see
Watch this as part of your Christmas Day celebrations.
8. Find an outing that you can go to that is open on Christmas day
Movies are often open and can be a way of being around others while enjoying a film.
9. Volunteer at a church or hospital or even a jail to help make other peoples Christmas special
This will allow you to be around others and to be helping. It s nigh on impossible to feel lonely when you re helping others and it can help put your own situation into perspective.
10. Plan a peaceful rendezvous with nature
Go for a walk or hike and be mindful of what you see and experience. How does the air feel? What birds do you notice? What sounds do you hear? Nature has a magical way of putting things into perspective.
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