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Spending Christmas Alone


There are times when circumstance necessitates us spending holidays alone. This doesn't have to be a sad occurrence. It's very possible to create your own special day full of tradition and good memories just for yourself.

Here are some ideas of what you can do for the holidays when you're by yourself.

1.Have a day of pamper. A Christmas alone could be a great opportunity to pamper yourself. You can take that bubble bath you've been planning on for instance. You should take the opportunity to make it as lovely and nurturing as you can. Water Magic: Healing Bath Recipes for the Body, Spirit, and Soul is a great resource for this. This book has many recipes, affirmations, and meditations to make your bath time truly memorable and a ritual all unto itself.

2.Catch up on your reading. If you know you will be alone for Christmas plan in advance to have a few of your favorite books in different genres around. Take a trip to your local library or treat yourself to an Amazon.com splurge so that you'll have ample activity for your mind that day.

3.Cook an excellent meal. If you've been meaning to try out some new recipes, why not use this day to do so. There's no reason not to make a fabulous holiday meal just because you'll be alone. This can actually be a great time to experiment also, without the pressure of it having to be “perfected”.

4.Start a simple project. There are tons of small craft projects that you could start and finish in a day. Some ideas are soap-making, candle-making, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, painting, etc. Your local Joann's or Michael's is sure to have an extensive collection of great inexpensive kits to choose from.

5.Bake cookies for yourself. Get into the holiday spirit of cookie making and make a bunch of scrumptious batches for yourself. Completely Cookies: Quick and Easy Recipes for More Than 500 Delicious Cookies and No-bake Cookies: More Than 150 Fun, Easy & Delicious Recipes for Cookies, Bars, And Other Cool Treats Made Without Baking are two fabulous books to give you some inspiration.

6.Write out New Year's cards. It's usually hard to find the time to write out holiday cards. You can use your free day then to spend some time writing out all of your New Year's cards in a relaxed and calm state. Doing this after you take your bath and while you're eating your cookies would be perfect!

7.Have a movie marathon. This idea is pretty self-explanatory. Grab up your favorite series or bunch of movies from the local movie store a day before and enjoy catching up on something new or your old standbys.

8.Make plans for the new year. While you have this quiet time to yourself, spend some of it planning how you want your next year to go. You'll be in a fabulous mood after your pampering and good food and so you'll be in a good place mentally to visualize the goals you want for the new year.

A Christmas alone can be a very positive, rejuvenating experience if you approach it the right way. If you will be alone this Christmas, why not make it a special day for yourself!

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