New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CELEB UPDATE -

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!

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