It is almost that time of the year again; Christmas. Christmas lights are everywhere and the stores are full of Christmas decoration. You hear non-stop Christmas music and verybody is preparing for a small Christmas dinner with the family, even though things are a little bit different this year. But what if you do not celebrate Christmas? It may feel like it, but not everybody celebrates it. There are those who don’t celebrate it because of their religion or because they do not have any people to celebrate Christmas with. There are more people that feel lonely during Christmas than you might think.

What can you do if you are feeling lonely with christmas?

The first thing that’s import to realize is that you are not the only one who is alone during Christmas. A lot of people do not celebrate the holiday, or do not have people to celebrate it with. But, you don’t have to spend all day sitting home alone, without doing anything. You can do plenty of activities, such as: taking a walk, watching a movie or reading a book. Take the time to relax and enjoy your day off in which you can do the things you normally do not have time for.

Stay positive

Christmas only lasts for two days. Of course, it’s not always very nice to listen to other people making plans and talking about how they are going to celebrate it. But think of the positive side: you are free and you have time for yourself! You can do a lot of things, like finishing that one book that you would like to read, cook for yourself or binge-watch your favorite serie. Christmas isn’t always a very relaxing time for the people who do celebrate it. There is the planning of what to eat and with who, in which house and with how many people. Especially with the current corona restrictions. If don’t celebrate Christmas, you don’t have to experience these moments of stress; you can just relax!

Your own experience

I don’t celebrate Christmas and I don’t have this holiday as a childhood memory. None of my family members celebrate it, so I do not know any better. However, I did go to a Catholic elementary school, so I learned a lot about Christmas. Personally I think it is the cosiest time of the year, with all the pretty lights outside. I do not celebrate it with my family, but my friends invite me over to celebrate it with them and to eat their leftovers. I think that is really sweet of them and I think that is the real Christmas spirit: thinking about others.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year! 🙂

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Selin Colakhasanoglu

Coach. Walks together with you to achieve your goals. Loves to play the piano, to travel and different cultures.

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