Five things to say (and not to say) to someone spending Christmas alone
Covid means people who would never previously have spent Christmas alone are now facing it down for the first time ever, and in record numbers. This is daunting enough - and what none of us need at the moment is the judgement of other people. If you're struggling to know what to say - and what not to say -…
Walking on eggshells? How to negotiate a family Christmas in 2020
Families across the globe are facing heart-wrenching decisions this Christmas. It can be so easy to get caught up in family politics anyway at this time of year. With Covid in the mix, it’s pretty clear that Christmas 2020 is ripe for disappointment, resentment, upset and a host of mismatched expectations.
Spending Christmas alone? Remember these five things
There can be so much pressure around Christmas and other holidays – pressure to celebrate, pressure to socialise, pressure to follow traditions, pressure to eat too much and drink yourself to excess. Ultimately, there is pressure to be happy. And that’s an awful lot of pressure to lay on anyone – especially as we know that Christmas isn’t an easy…
How I’m spending Christmas this year (Yvonne’s story)
For some years I have joined my youngest son, my daughter in law and grandchildren for Christmas. My daughter-in-law’s brother has room to hold Christmas dinner and all the family contribute by bringing food courses or sundries. This year the family dynamics have changed - I have been invited but have decided on an alternative Christmas.
How I’m spending Christmas this year (Hilary’s story)
For many years I volunteered on Christmas Day then spent some time with my elderly Mother. Once my Mother died I was able to spend Christmas entirely on my own and I loved it: a walk on the beach and a lovely veggie curry for Christmas dinner.
How I’m spending Christmas this year (BertieBooBoo’s story)
Mummy has four Labradors.
How I’m spending Christmas this year (Tom’s story)
This Christmas will be a little different. This Christmas, it’s not my turn to look after my young daughter, who will be away with her Mum. I know she’ll have a great time, but I also know that I will feel sad and a little lonely over the holiday season. The worst kind of lonely, the kind of lonely you…
How I’m spending Christmas this year (Maxine’s story)
Do what you want at Christmas – whatever makes you happy. Work. Walk. Call someone in a similar situation. Embrace your life. Don’t feel like it’s a lesser life because you are on your own.