How are you doing? Are you fed up with watching repeats of television advertisements showing idealised versions of Christmas yet? Sick of glitter and lights?
Bah! Humbug! As well as being a fun time of year for families with kids or enough money to shell out hundreds of euros, pounds, rand or dollars on jewellery, video game consoles, drones, designer trainers and electric scooters, Christmas can also be very hard for people who are alone, who do not have families, or are in other difficult financial circumstances.
So, what are you supposed to do with yourself if you don’t have a big turkey dinner and a pile of gifts awaiting you? How do you cope with Christmas Day alone?
One suggestion is that to accept the fact you are going to have a rotten day and keep yourself busy. If the cinema is open, you could go along and see a non-Christmas themed film and entertain yourself sitting in the back row and throwing popcorn at people’s backs. If it isn’t freezing cold or pouring with rain, a brisk walk will stimulate circulation, and, hopefully get the endorphins going so that you don’t feel so bad. If you’re hungry, a Chinese or an Indian restaurant might be a good place to go for lunch. They have tinsel and glitter up all year round, and they don’t do Christmas anyway, so you won’t have to feel awkward. If you go to an Indian eatery, then order something really, really spicy… that’ll give you something to think about!
It might seem that everyone is having more fun than you, remember that it just isn’t true. If you’re alone at least you don’t have to pretend to laugh at bad jokes and put on a stony face when your family points out how fat you have got. Neither do you have to cook a mountain of food or wash up piles of dishes. And as for those Christmas fantasies, you don’t believe in Father Christmas and his reindeer and elves any more, you know that Christmas movies just fairy stories and all those flashy TV adverts just designed to make you want to go out and spend a fortune on food at the supermarket or buy things that you can’t afford so why not ignore them like you always do?
When it comes down to it, it’s just another day! So whether you’re planning a festive day, or are hiding away, remember that this too shall pass, and before you know it, you’ll be dreading New Year’s Eve!