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What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?

  • December 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I love Christmas music. It makes me happy and brings me feelings of comfort and joy. My favorite Christmas songs range from traditional ones such as “O Holy Night” to contemporary ones such as “All I Want For Christmas,” sung by Mariah Carey and “Let It Snow,” sung by Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight. However the Christmas song that inspired me to write this blog is, “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?” sung by the aptly named group the Emotions.

When mistletoe is all around and there seems to be no romantic partner in sight, Christmas can be a painful reminder to many of how lonely they are. For those of you who feel this way, I would like to share five tips on what you can do to make this the most joyful, loving and companion-filled holiday season of all.

  • Spend Time with Family and Friends- Many people travel to be with family and friends during the holiday season. This is because family and good friends surround us with the feeling of unconditional love. Embrace this feeling knowing that love attracts more love into your life.
  • Travel- While traveling to be with your family and friends this holiday season, take a look around. Who’s sitting next to you in the airline terminal or on the plane? I’ve known a few people who met their romantic partner while traveling. Also there are travel companies that offer singles cruises and trips over the holidays. Pack your bags. It may lead you to making new friends and/or finding that special someone.
  • Attend Holiday Parties- My email inbox has been filled with invitations for holiday parties from companies, organizations, individuals, etc. Chances are yours is too. Attend a few of these parties. It’s a great opportunity to meet people and you could meet your romantic partner at one of these gatherings.
  • Watch a Holiday Play, Concert or Musical- There are usually a variety of events happening during the holiday season. Even locally, many schools and churches have special events for the holidays. This is a great way to be entertained and meet people who share similar interests as you.
  • Volunteer Your Time- It is often said it’s easier to take your mind off of your own problems when you focus your attention on someone else. Many charities need assistance over the holidays from serving food to wrapping toys for people less fortunate. Helping someone who may have bigger challenges than you will allow you to refocus your attention and be grateful for what you have. Reminding you of what’s really important this holiday season.

With just a little effort, the holidays can bring you tidings of comfort and joy. Wishing you a holiday season filled with love, joy, peace and happiness.

What other ways do you think those who may be lonely this holiday season find joy and companionship?

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