Friday, December 14, 2007

Alone For The Holidays?

Will you be alone for the holidays? We won't be alone with all the birds visiting our yard daily. This is one of our Carolina Wrens digging for mealworms in a dish of fruit and nuts on our deck.

Whether by choice or circumstances, many will be alone for the holidays. Holidays are an emotional time and statistics show that depression is at a peak for many. There's never a shortage of holiday scenes on tv or magazines to remind you that you're life is not matching up in the materialism realm or the area of relationships.

If you're single and have chosen to spend the season alone and not with family, you may get encouragement with this article.

For many people who won’t be surrounded by family or loved ones during this time of year for a variety of reasons such as recent separation or divorce, death, travel or simply because they live in different parts of the country, media portrayals can add to a sense of isolation with the continual scenes of what should be happening for your Christmas. Here's an article that will give you a change of focus.

Then move on to an action plan with "10 Things to Do If You’re Alone for The Holidays" which will get you out of the slump and into a plan that will take you through the holidays just fine, if you choose to implement it.

Randal and I will be alone for the holidays but we've been scheduling various activities and volunteer opportunities to make the month seem brighter and Christmas Day can be what you want it to be, not what the advertising tells you it should be.

Think of a place you'd like to be when nobody else is around. Maybe a park that's usually crowded? Take some peanuts and corn and feed the wildlife. They will be grateful and joyous company to have. Enjoy some quiet time by yourself. Make it a joyful Christmas because you can enjoy you without distractions.

For us it will be a Spinach, Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza and some old-time movies from the library. When else is it "legal" to watch movies during the day time on a week day.

It's just a day and each year you can make it what it is in your heart ... or if that's not possible, then change your heart and choose something that's possible. Thinking negative thoughts about what cannot be is no way to spend any day, especially Christmas, a day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ who came to give us eternal life. Keeping our thoughts controlled during December is a huge task in itself, but it can be done!

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