ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tips For Enjoying The Christmas Holidays Alone

Updated on December 15, 2011

Simple, easy decorations can brighten your holidays and lift your spirits!

Title: Christmas ~ License: sxu license ~ Photographer: Celeron: everystockphoto.com
Title: Christmas ~ License: sxu license ~ Photographer: Celeron: everystockphoto.com

Living Alone and Enjoying the Holidays

When you live by yourself, it can be tempting to ignore the holidays or to celebrate entirely outside of your home at public events and the homes of friends and family members; however, you can build your own meaningful holiday traditions on your own, and I encourage you to do so. For me, I find it best not to go for big, extravagant displays. Spending hours on lights, trees, and so forth on your own with no one to appreciate it can end up being very disappointing.

Instead, think of small things you can do in honor of the season every day!

For example, sit down and hand-write a few nice holiday cards every day. Take your time and write a personal message to each recipient.

When you receive holiday cards, decorate your home with them. You could run a pretty ribbon or length of yarn across a window and hang them or just set them around various places in your home to brighten the atmosphere and remind you of the season and of the people you care about.

Burn a candle or simmer a potpourri with a spicy holiday scent. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and orange all smell wonderful and festive and actually have calming and spirit-lifting qualities.

Put up a small holiday tree if that makes you happy or just cut a few pretty sprigs from a wild evergreen (in your own yard preferably) and put them in a pretty red or green vase in your home. Decorate with ribbons and perhaps some of your holiday cards.

Put a wreath or a decorated evergreen bouquet on your door to remind yourself of the season whenever you come and go.

Buy yourself a poinsettia. If you are poverty stricken, wait until the day after Christmas and rescue a perfectly good one for a pittance to enjoy for the rest of the season and into the spring. If you live in a temperate climate, you can plant it in a sheltered area outside in spring and enjoy it for years to come.

Decorate an outdoor tree or bush with treats for the birds and squirrels. Slices of orange and apple strung on ribbon or twine, suet balls with nuts, and any other treat you can think of that would be pretty will be greatly appreciated by your hungry feathered and furry friends!

Make yourself some spiced apple cider by brewing a pot of hot, spicy tea (Celestial Seasons Bengal Spice is good) then add a can of frozen apple juice. This is an easy way to give yourself a festive treat. Keep it in a pitcher in your fridge so you can pop a cup in the microwave for a quick, healthy pick-me-up. This is very nice to sip on while you are writing your holiday cards.

Collect holiday music and keep it playing quietly in your home throughout the season. You may be surprised to find that dollar stores have some very nice holiday CDs that you can get for a mere dollar! I have a nice collection of traditional and jazz holiday music that I play throughout the holiday season. Most of it came from the dollar stores.

Explore all of the holiday traditions. No matter what your own faith, it is interesting and fun to learn about the traditions of others. Feel free to take what you can use and leave the rest in your celebration of the season.

Attend festive events. Go caroling, attend the worship services of your choice, have and go to pot-lucks and other parties.

Take care of yourself. If you drink, be careful not to do so to excess. Take yourself out for a walk, do some yoga or other quiet exercise, stay active and upbeat. Be sure to get plenty of rest. By creating your own small traditions and honoring your self, you can be your best self to enjoy this festive season.

Copywrite:SuzanneBennett:December10,2009

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Violet! Sounds like a good New Year's Celebration! ;D

  • VioletSun profile image

    VioletSun 

    6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    I don't live alone anymore but when I was living alone, and would spend New Year's alone, I would enjoy my night by myself; would light candles, drink some champagne and eat grapes, and watch Dick Clark's New Year's countdown. Your tips are wonderful!. :)

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Yes, indeed! January is a good time for shopping! :)

  • phdast7 profile image

    Theresa Ast 

    6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Great suggestions and so many of us do live alone. I like the balance you strike between ignoring the holidays and going crazy trying to over-decorate your house. And it was nice to see that I am not the only one who buys flowers right after the holidays and them enjoys them for weeks to come. (Every year I buy really expensive gorgeous Christmas and Hannukah cards for the coming year at a fraction of the cost-great way to shop.) Merry Christmas!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Jimmie :) I am a Christian and have included spiritual aspects with respect to all faiths during the holiday season.

  • JimmieWriter profile image

    Jimmie Quick 

    6 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

    I love, love, love your suggestions for a simple but meaningful Christmas. As a Christian, I would add on some spiritual aspects, but aside from that, your low-key ideas hit the spot. As one in a family, I am usually attentive to those who are spending Christmas alone. There is always room for one more.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Kate & Vladimir! Kate, it's Dollar Tree that always has lots of good choices in CDs. After Christmas, they sell them for half price (fifty cents each!) I'm not sure about Dollar General.

  • Vladimir Molotkof profile image

    Vladimir Molotkof 

    6 years ago from Mid West

    Thanks for this hub! The holidays can be so hard to spend on your own, that often I want to ignore them completely. But I realized that once I embrace the holidays, I will be able to enjoy them much more.

  • katedonavon profile image

    katedonavon 

    6 years ago

    Nice Hub! I am not single, but I think these tips are great for anyone who is having a bit of a hard time getting in the Christmas mood. I find that playing Christmas music and doing a little decorating help put me in the holiday spirit. I didn't realize that Christmas CDs can be purchased so cheaply at dollar stores. I will have to check that out! Voted up and useful.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)