My girls always spend Christmas with my mother in the country. My mom’s house is filled to capacity with her in-laws and extended family, she is usually so busy preparing meals and making sure her guests are comfortable that she doesn’t really get to enjoy the holiday. The consummate people-pleaser she just does not know how to say no. It is quite painful for me to watch. I haven’t spent Christmas at home for several years because of that. Which leads to my next dilemma…
The love of my life doesn’t know he is the love of my life. As a result of my non-disclosure, I have been subjected to spending quite a few holidays alone. Why don’t I just tell him? While that would definitely make things easier, I just cannot bring myself to reveal my true feelings. What if he doesn’t feel the same? That would be very awkward, but I digress. I now consider myself the queen of solo Christmas. If you find yourself alone this holiday here are a few things you can do.
Buy yourself a gift or two.
While you are perusing the stores and/or the internet scouring for those holiday deals, pick out a few things for yourself. Wrap them and place under the tree just as you would for someone else. On Christmas morning, as you sip your morning coffee open your gifts and enjoy! On my list this year? A ring light and a 2016 blogging planner.
Go to the movies.
While this may seem like an odd activity to engage in alone, the movies are actually the perfect solo date. Several movies are set to open on Christmas this year. The plus side is that you won’t have to share your popcorn!
Do some spring cleaning on your social media accounts.
The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your goals for the upcoming year. Take an assessment of your social media timelines. Consider if the items flooding your timelines are pushing you closer to your goals or if they are distractions. If the majority of your timeline consists of distractions, it may be time to delete or unfollow some of your friends.
Prepare your vision board.
The Good Book says “Where there is no vision, the people perish… ” Prov 29:18 In laymen’s terms that means if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You know what goals you want to accomplish in 2016. Why not make a visual representation of those goals so that you will be reminded of the importance of achieving them daily? Get as detailed as you can about your vision. Set dates for completion and hold yourself accountable by rewarding each milestone.
Have more ideas for a solo Christmas? We would love to hear them!