If you are alone at Christmas, for whatever reason, you may be looking for some simple ways to enjoy the festive season. If this is your first Christmas alone without friends or family you may be feeling anxious about the lead up to the big day as well as the day itself. In this blog post, we hope to show you how spending Christmas Day alone doesn't have to be a bad thing. You are free to plan your day exactly how you want it so we've given you some brilliant ideas to get you started!
You can still spend time with your friends and family this Christmas, albeit virtually, by hosting a virtual party. Grab a festive drink and invite all your loved ones to an online Christmas get together through your preferred video call provider. You can even host a virtual quiz, with a Christmas theme of course!
If you feel up to braving the elements on Christmas Day, going for a brisk walk is a wonderful way to lift your spirits. You may be surprised by how many others are escaping the festivities and getting some much-needed space outside. If you like photography, be sure to take your camera or just use your phone and snap some pictures of the (hopefully) frosty landscapes you encounter.
Volunteer work is one of the most rewarding things you can do at Christmas. Whether you want to help out at a local shelter or volunteer your time to deliver Christmas dinners to those in need, you can find lots of brilliant opportunities on the Do IT website as well as the Crisis website.
Our gorgeous classic keepsake memory bear is a really timeless way to treasure the clothes you can't bear to part with. Made from clothes that you want to keep and treasure, each bear will be a lasting reminder of those precious times and will quickly become one of your most beloved possessions. Your bear will be lovingly handmade by our team, ensuring each bear is completely unique to you.
Photo cushions are a fantastic way to create unique keepsakes, laden with the memories that mean the most to you. We can take your photos, either physical or electronic ones, print them to special washable cotton and incorporate them into your cushion. We can make them from the beloved old clothing or other fabric you choose to send in, or we can create them using our own fabric.
Visiting departed loved ones at Christmas is a tradition in many cultures around the world. A visit to a cemetery or memorial park can be a cathartic experience and it presents the perfect opportunity to share memories, say prayers or simply take part in a ritual of remembrance. This Christmas, why not visit your loved ones final resting place, lay a Christmas wreath and reflect on their life.
Watching Christmas movies is one of the best ways to get into a festive spirit. You could see what’s on the TV, dig out your old DVDs or temporarily sign up to a streaming service over the Christmas period. Make sure you have plenty of snacks, nibbles and drinks on hand, curl up on the sofa with a blanket and enjoy!
If the thought of a Christmas dinner for one fills you with dread, why not forego the traditional turkey and make your favourite meal instead? If you don’t want to cook on Christmas Day, you can even go out to a local restaurant or hotel that is providing Christmas dinners. Make sure to book well in advance as these fill up very quickly. This is a great way to meet other people who may be alone at Christmas.
We hope you have found these suggestions helpful. You can find some helplines below if you need extra support.