Not everyone has family or wants to spend time with that family during Christmas. I normally spend actual Christmas Eve and Day by myself and I absolutely love it!
More often than not Christmas doesn’t fall on a weekend. Before my current contract job, my supervisor had the week between Christmas and New Year’s blocked off, and this year Christmas falls on a Thursday/Friday so I have to work Thursday night and have off Friday.
I might go see my family that weekend, but I haven’t decided on that as of writing this post. If I do, I’m getting a hotel room.
So how do you spend Christmas alone?
Continue reading to find out.
How to Spend Christmas Alone
Spending Christmas alone is probably one of my favorite things that I get to do.
You’d be surprised at how great it feels to be able to do whatever it is you want on a holiday where most people are running around trying to organize family events and dinners.
But what if it’s your first Christmas alone?
I know this can be daunting. You’re not used to being without family, it can be depressing not seeing them, or not having the family to see.
So, here are my tips for how to spend Christmas alone.
Relax, Recharge, Reload
One thing you can do on Christmas alone is use it as a day to recharge. I know a lot of people don’t have the luxury of having a lot of time off around the holidays, and usually by then you’re fed up with the year.
So take some time to give yourself some self care, recharge your batteries, and relax a little.
I usually do this by taking a shower, using a face mask, and having a good breakfast.
You can give yourself a spa day, spend the day lounging around the house, or indulge in a hobby you haven’t had the chance to.
Find ways for you to relax and give yourself some of that relaxation you deserve.
One thing I like to do on Holidays most people use to spend time around family like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s is to use that time to get some of my home to-do list done.
This usually includes a deep clean of the kitchen and the bathroom, along with a clean up of my bedroom, and maybe even a sorting of my clothes and things for donation.
I value the time I have that I normally wouldn’t because I don’t spend time with family. I spend my Thanksgiving alone and I love it. I can cook all I want and clean whatever it is I decide on. However, this year I have to work on Black Friday so I won’t have the whole 4 day weekend to do it all this time around.
So, get your to-do list together, figure out what it is you can do while the stores are closed, and get to it! You’re spending Christmas alone, so get your stuff done.
Create Your Own Traditions
Something I highly recommend you do if you are going to be spending Christmas alone this year and the next few years, is to create a tradition for yourself.
Every Christmas I order Chinese take out, cuddle up with a movie or two, and eat to my heart’s content.
That’s my tradition.
You can do whatever it is you want.
Need some ideas?
- Make your favorite dinner even if it isn’t Christmas themed
- Give yourself a spa day
- Watch Christmas movies with your favorite warm beverage
- Volunteer at a local organization
- Spend the day cleaning
- Catch up on your chores
This is the most important thing I suggest you do, if you do anything from this post. Having a tradition makes it so you have something to look forward to every year. Christmas might be a bad holiday for you for whatever reason, but you can change that if you try.
Remember You’re Not Alone
Just because you’re spending Christmas alone, doesn’t mean you truly are alone. Just because, say your family isn’t around or you’re stuck not being able to get to them this year, you still have friends and extended family that you can reach out to.
If you want, you can post on your social media that you’re going to be spending Christmas alone and see if anyone else is doing the same and get together!
While I don’t have friends I can go see, I do make sure to keep in contact with them through social media and text so I don’t feel so completely alone. Last year I did give my family a call and it was nice to talk to them, but I needed to spend the time away from them for personal reasons.
Related: 12 Days of Christmas Self Care
Take a Vacation
If you know far ahead of time that you’re going to be alone on Christmas, make it a mini vacation!
Find a place not too far away so you’re not traveling the whole time, and grab your bags for some time away from home.
I haven’t done this yet, but it’s increasingly calling to me to do so.
Even if you just go to a local hotel for a few days, it gives you the feeling of going away, and if you stay at a decent hotel, you’ll most likely have access to a pool so it feels like a real vacation!
There you have it. Those are my tips for spending Christmas alone. Have you done any of these things? What do you think about spending Christmas alone? Let me know in the comments below!
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