5 Things to Do if You are Spending the Holiday Alone
Don’t waste a great holiday depressed because you will be spending it alone. Some people will be forced to spend their holiday with relatives and friends who cause them nothing but stress. So, be thankful for a day in which you get to choose to do whatever you want. Here are a few suggestions on how to have a great holiday.
1. Reflect on your blessings. Start off by giving thanks for all the blessings in your life. If you have a job, be thankful. If you have a warm place to live, be thankful. If disaster passed by your area this year, thank God. Everything you have, there are many who do not have—be thankful.
2. Do something new. A holiday spent alone is a great time to prepare for future holidays. If you ever expect to host a holiday dinner in the future, take the opportunity to learn how to cook your holiday favorites now. If you don’t want to tackle a main course, try a side dish or a dessert. Don’t wait for a future holiday, when you are the host, to learn how to cook holiday foods. You don’t want to be that host who invites guests for Thanksgiving dinner and has never cooked a turkey. If you want to cook a small turkey, look for recipes or videos online on how to plan and cook a turkey. An important preparation many first-time hosts do not plan is defrosting a frozen turkey 3 to 4 days before the holiday. It takes years to perfect the art of planning and cooking holiday foods, and no better time to practice is when you are your only food critic.
3. Make someone else’ holiday special. If you know how to cook and plan to do so, take a plate of food to someone in your neighborhood. An older person will be eternally grateful. Plan ahead, letting that person know, so the person knows someone is thing of him or her. Or buy holiday foods for a single parent, who you know. Holidays are always about looking for opportunity to help someone else.
4. Find time to relax. Don’t go to the mall or do anything that makes the holiday just an ordinary day. This is a day for you to do something you don’t ordinarily do, so be self-indulgent. Relaxing and doing nothing can make for a great day.
5. You are never alone. Even when you are alone from the world, God is with you. God desires you to turn off the world periodically and be still in order to hear the amazing plans He has for your life. Busyness distracts people from hearing God’s voice; so value every opportunity you have to be alone. Appreciate holidays alone as much as you enjoy holidays shared with others. And allow this holiday to be the beginning of a new appreciation of time spent alone, any day during the year. So, start planning your holiday and make it one of the most relaxing, God-revealing, memorable holidays ever!
© VC Edwards 2013
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