MAKING IT THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY
It can be one of the toughest days if you’re feeling alone, but it doesn’t have to be a day of sadness. Here’s a list of ideas to make the day a bit more special!
• Go to church. Look up your nearest church and what time their services are during the day. It can be a great way to be in the company of others – plus, many people go to church solo, so you may meet people who have found themselves in a similar situation.
• Look after a pet. Many people and families head away for the festive season and have to leave their pets behind or check them into a cattery/ boarding kennel. Why not offer your services around the local neighbourhood as a cat or dog sitter instead? You may find there are plenty of four-legged friends who would be overjoyed to have your company over Christmas – and you may just enjoy the affection and long walks together!
Volunteer. Local food banks, homeless shelters or charities need an extra set of hands at Christmas – it’s a great way to give back and immerse yourself in your local community.
Treat yourself. It’s a day of time out for you! Make your favourite foods, watch a movie that you love, read your favourite book, do a puzzle or just anything that makes your heart sing. Or you could even treat yourself to a stay in a hotel. Check in, order room service and see a new part of town through the eyes of a tourist.
Go to the beach.
If it’s a nice day, pack a picnic and head off to the beach for a day of relaxing (with plenty of SPF of course!) in the sun, or take a backpack and go on a bush walk.
Make some extra money.
Places that are open on Christmas Day, or over the traditional Christmas break, often need extra staff – particularly in the retail and hospitality sectors. Look online or in your local paper for short-term staff vacancies.
If you’re alone on Christmas Day, treatyourself to your favourite things, such as a trip to the beach!