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Alone at Christmas

Honee, how did your Christmas go. I am beginning to wonder if I should start to do some thing without the family, I have started to feel like a “turn”. When I think about being alone at that time of year, it has always bothered me because every shop and advert presents images of happy families, big ones, sat round the laden table having fun, the fact that I would not be with one has bothered me more than it should. I would, if on my own, watch what I want on the tv and have some treats in and a meal, for me chicken curry, then look forward to a holiday on 04 January, much cheaper than going away Christmas and for longer?
It would be a nice idea if those of us on our own, could meet up at a hotel for the weekend, somewhere central, I would be up for it.

Sutton coldfield

kh2040 wrote:

ust a thought… One way of not being alone at Christmas is to volunteer at somewhere like a homeless shelter or perhaps visiting a housebound person. They’ll feel good, you’ll feel good, it’s a great response to anyone asking what you’re doing for Christmas and the money you save can be put towards a holiday when prices are lower.

What an excellent idea.

London

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Thanks for the good positive suggestion.

Essex UK

Just a thought… One way of not being alone at Christmas is to volunteer at somewhere like a homeless shelter or perhaps visiting a housebound person. They’ll feel good, you’ll feel good, it’s a great response to anyone asking what you’re doing for Christmas and the money you save can be put towards a holiday when prices are lower.

Dumfries

@JoCarroll wrote:

First, I had to decide what, if anything, I was celebrating. As a non-believer I had to decide what the season actually meant to me – which didn’t necessarily conform to the glitz and glitter you see in the shops. If it meant nothing – that was fine. I could have a usual sort of Sunday-type-day. If it has meaning, then think about how you would like to mark that – and that doesn’t mean you have to do any of the ritual turkey-and-tree trimmings that everyone else does. You can do something that makes sense to you.

Bravo Jo, really good thinking and of course the positive of being alone is that you don’t have to conform. Knowing yourself can sometimes be hard but worth every second of contemplation.

Essex UK

Honee – One of our travel writers, Glynis Sullivan, recently took a coach tour with Alfa Travel. As you can see from the images, Glynis is definitely not in the zimmer frame category and her article gives a good feel for this type of holiday. Hopefully one of our members can chip in with experiences of Shearings holidays. I went on one of their river cruises a few years ago and found my fellow passengers to be a spritely group.

Here’s a link to Glynis’ article:

https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/blog/escorted-touring-by-mini-bus-and-coach/coach-holidays-with-alfa-travel

Alfa Travel still have some festive holidays available with pickup points from all around the country and a 10% discount for all 2018 coach tours of 5 days or more if you use our discount code: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/partner/165167

Also, Just Go holidays offer some good value breaks and we have some discounts of £20pp on Festive Breaks . https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/partner/191120

Looking ahead, if you will be holidaying alone again, you might find our free guide for Solo Silver Travellers helpful: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/magazine-and-guideshttps://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/magazine-and-guides

I hope you have a relaxing and peaceful Festive season.

Last Edited by yorkshirecat at 20 Nov 14:09

Welcome to you both.

I’ve done a few Christmases alone – and it does take thinking about. First, I had to decide what, if anything, I was celebrating. As a non-believer I had to decide what the season actually meant to me – which didn’t necessarily conform to the glitz and glitter you see in the shops. If it meant nothing – that was fine. I could have a usual sort of Sunday-type-day. If it has meaning, then think about how you would like to mark that – and that doesn’t mean you have to do any of the ritual turkey-and-tree trimmings that everyone else does. You can do something that makes sense to you.

I found that thinking hugely helpful. It meant I could decide what I wanted to do for myself, without feeling I had to do what everyone else was doing.

If you do decide on a hotel – and many people have a great time over Christmas in hotels – they tend to be expensive (staff need paying extra for a start, and you’ll be fed until you can roll down the stairs) – but it means you will have company, great food, and be looked after. There are worse ways to spend Christmas.

Maybe we should put them together…

Wakefield, West Yorks.

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I’m sorry to hear that you’ll both be alone at Christmas but hopefully our members can help with some advice on suitable hotels or companies.

Essex UK

We are in the same boat as millions of others .only the boat never sails. set off for the nearest nice hotel.at least you are not in an empty house.singing jingle bells to the dogs and goats like me .Happy Christmas.

WEST SCOTLAND
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