Christmas is coming soon, you know? I feel that you are very excited to see Christmas day shall be here. On the other hand, I feel a little bit sad for some people who are lonely at home during Christmas Day because they may have lost a loved one or they may not spend more time with their family or friends for some reasons. If you are struggling to find some ways to overcome loneliness on Christmas Day, let me tell you my story and you will understand.
Last 11 years ago, my first marriage was a total nightmare because of his domestic violence and his cheating. My former husband left me and my small children for his own selfishness and freedom; he did not love me. It was simple for him to fall out of love with me. He chose to divorce me, that was fine with me. So I was totally depressed and frustrated to find some ways to avoid my loneliness on Christmas Day with my children as a single mother. It was not so easy to be a single parent. My faith became so small; God attempted to reach me. A few days before Christmas Day, I chose to look up to the Lord instead of focusing on myself too much. Convincingly, the Lord could not give up on me, believe it or not. I had to find some ways to overcome my loneliness on Christmas Day with my children at home – without my former husband. I did not need him. I needed Jesus Christ.
On Christmas Day, my small children and I went off to the church for Christmas Celebration to watch the story of Jesus Christ and I realized that I was not alone. God is with me; I was so grateful to have Him in my heart. After that, I told my children that we could go to the movie theater and let them choose what movie they wanted to watch. I was very joyful to have my children with me and spent more time with them. I was thankful that the Lord spiritually encouraged me to find some ways to overcome my loneliness on Christmas Day. Now, I am not lonely and I have my family here with me.
… Here’s some helpful tips you may want to try…
4 Ways To Overcome Loneliness on Christmas Day
- Visit the local retirement community. Some elders lost their spouses or cannot spend time with their adult children for some reasons. Some retirement communities in your location may allow you to come visit and bring some foods (or gifts), even though you do not know him or her. It does not matter how you do that. God will bless you more when you come to see the elders and you would not feel lonely. You know, some elders love to have you here with her or him and share some good stories; it is very helpful that you listen and enjoy these stories. Otherwise, you and some elders can play chess or puzzles.
- Visit the patients with Cancer. Some patients feel lonely as well as you feel the same. Ask yourself if you want to come visit the patients at the hospitals or not. I know some hospitals do not allow anyone to visit the patients just because they are not related to the family relatives. You can explain to the nurses that you are just here to volunteer and help the patients; some hospitals would be appreciated. For instance, my mother was a registered nurse and worked with the elders. She allowed some volunteers to come visit the patients and keep them busy so they could not be lonely. On an encouragement note, you can sign up for the volunteer and they will let you visit the patients and spend time with them.
- Visit the orphan and foster children community. A million of children are orphans; they are also lonely. Some foster children are put in the home groups for some reasons. If you were once an orphan and now are an adult, you might want to become a volunteer for awhile and work with the children on Christmas Day so you would not feel lonely. You can play some board games with them or rent a movie with them.
- Visit the local church. I believe that many churches open on Christmas Day so you would not feel lonely. If you decide to volunteer and serve at the church on Christmas Day, you would get more blessing from the Lord. Have some fellowship and get to know each other, do not feel any strange even though you do not know them. Simply, you just be yourself and smile. At my church, I will serve cookies on Christmas Eve for sure!
If you know someone who feels lonely on Christmas Day, you might share this post with him or her about 4 ways to overcome loneliness on Christmas Day.