I realize not everyone celebrates Christmas. For those who do, though, being alone on the big day is perhaps the second most heartbreaking thing I can think of.
Being alone day in and day out and having your kids promise to visit you but never show up, and they promise you again they’ll at least come on Christmas but they still ditch you on even on the biggest day of the year, is actually maybe even worse.
It’s hard to think about it, but the elderly are especially prone to loneliness- they often can’t leave their home to go out and meet people, or even say hello to a bus driver or grocery store clerk each day. People like us who can get around would do some good to go to those who can’t come to us and spend some time talking with them.
So if you do not celebrate yourself I’d encourage you to contact your local senior center or retirement home and visit with those staying there at some point this week. All that’s required of you is to show up for half an hour or longer, introduce yourself to someone there, and let them talk at you for awhile. If you can’t stop by this week, of course, New Year’s is just around the corner and would be another great time to visit. Actually, any time of year is a great time to fight loneliness.
It’s one of the most satisfying things you can do any time of year, but I think it’s especially important to do on big holidays where people are prone to feeling especially lonely.
Fight Your Own Loneliness
And remember, if you are going to be alone on this holiday or at any other time of year, one of the best ways you can help yourself feel more connected is by connecting with other lonely people. The bonus of talking to elderly lonely people is that, unlike some younger whipper snappers, they are usually quite good at holding a conversation, so it will likely not feel very awkward to talk to them if that’s one of your big fears in life.