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Being Alone At Christmas
Being Alone At Christmas
Date: 20/10/01, updated on 12/06/02 (45 review reads)
Advantages: A big William Wallace 'Freedom'!!!
Disadvantages: Quite strange experience
Last year I spent my first Christmas alone. I had originally planned to spend it with the family, but with us being us things didn't go too smoothly, so I left the day before Christmas Eve, a bit scared, a bit excited.
When I got off the train I decided that Christmas Day wasn't just going to be full of the usual Christmas baubles. It was going to be my day.
I did feel a little sad, but after giving my sister a blackeye (She came home drunk and punched me in the face) all the festive spirit was somehow subdued.
So I set off to Tesco and bought a trolley full of all my favourite things. I also bought scented candles and a face pack.
I arrived back to my flat with various messages from various friends offering me a piece of their Christmas, but I decided I quite liked the idea of not having to be polite to my Dad while he took the piss out of my new top... and I'd always had to sit through the bloody Morcambe and Wise Show, with the volume on loud so my Taid (Grandad) could hear it.
Then of course there was the Boxing Day Tea that was religiously held at my Auntie's place where I'd be given the obligatory Bailey's ( I hate it) and be consigned to sit in the corner.
Don't get me wrong I love my family dearly, but it's such an effort to try and spend a whole 48 hours with them all and try to keep them all happy.
So, last Christmas, (I gave you my heart :) ) No, actually, I had a chicken curry for my dinner with mango chutney and the works. With a nice chilled Chardonnay by my side, I lay on the couch and watched all the films that my Dad would usually denounce as 'shite'. I did feel a little sad , but I also felt amazingly free, relaxed and grown up.
I am tempted to do it again this year, apart from the domestic violence bit, but, I have promised my favourite cousins that I will go and see them instead. They live within walking distance of my Mum's, s
o if I get too stressed I can go there. And she is the most excellent of cooks.
So... if you know you are going to be alone this Christmas, don't let the idea fill you with dread but instead,
1. Buy yourself treats. Indulge. Pamper.
2. Do plan your meal in advance. It may seem like a huge effort when cooking for one, but you'll enjoy it all the more.
3. If you ARE spending Christmas alone, try to make plans with friends for New Year's and then you will give yourself a social boost too.
4. Try not to dwell on childhood Christmases if you know it will upset you...
5. Choose all the things on TV that you wouldn't usually get a chance to see if the family were around.
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