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Alone For Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a day most people spend with family and friends, but what if you have no loved ones close by this year? There is no reason to celebrate all by yourself, yet many people out there do spend Thanksgiving Day alone. Whatever the reason you find yourself facing the holidays alone this year, here are some ideas for having a wonderful, fun-filled Thanksgiving Day you can be grateful for, despite being apart from your family.

Don’t Be Alone Thanksgiving Day – Great Ways To Spend The Holidays

  • Reach out to co-workers and neighbors who are also alone. Why not have a get-together with everyone who has no where else to go, a very “Friends” moment. The holidays aren’t just about being with family, but being with those you chose to be your family, or feel close to like family…maybe even an opportunity to find new friends and build a new family if you are alone in a new town.
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  • Visit a nursing home or orphanage, because the elderly and orphans often feel the neglect of family and society during the holidays. Bring treats, games, whatever you are allowed to bring, and have a wonderful day making Thanksgiving Day wonderful for someone else.
  • Volunteer. At a shelter, church, military base, anywhere that you are wanted and needed. You may even decide to work so that a co-worker with children can have the day off, making you both a hero and allowing you to spend the day commiserating (and keeping company with) other co-workers that couldn’t get the day off either.
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  • Go out to eat. A lot of people don’t want to make a turkey with all the trimmings and fanfare that comes along with Thanksgiving Day dinner. A lot of people also don’t want to clean up after such a dinner. So, many just round up the troops and head to a restaurant instead, where someone else will cook and clean for them. If you go out to eat, you are also likely to run into a lot of people who didn’t have anyone to keep company with. You can invite them to share a table, or at the very least enjoy your meal, a glass of wine, and maybe a good book surrounded by society and not feeling so alone (and be extra nice to the wait staff who have to work on Thanksgiving Day).
  • Travel somewhere you always wanted to go. Take a cruise, or stay at a resort, where many people will also be vacationing. If you can’t afford a vacation, take a tour of your own city as though you were a tourist. Thanksgiving Day is a day not likely to be packed with people out and about, so you can really enjoy the beauty and culture of your own hometown.

If none of these options appeal to you, stay home and chat on your social networks, because you know that just because you are home alone Thanksgiving Day, you are never really alone in the world. Skype your family, talk to your friends on facebook, Netflix some great movies, and remember that even though Thanksgiving Day is a fabulous holiday, it’s only one day in the year.



  • Donna

    Fortunately, I’ve never spent a Thanksgiving alone, but I’d probably opt for the staying at home and spending it on social media sites. 🙂 Some good ideas here, though.

  • Kelly

    We’ve always gotten together with friends when we don’t have family nearby. Even this year when we do have family nearby, we’re inviting single friends to come over to spend the day with us.

  • April Decheine

    Great post, the episode of Friends was and is such a classic, I still love to watch it. Visiting a nursing home is a great thing to do! Volunteer! 🙂

  • If it weren’t for the fact that I so enjoy the leftovers, I would absolutely be hitting up Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving.

    I also love the idea of volunteering.

    However, I’ll be cooking and eating and watching holiday movies all day long!

  • Laurie

    We spend a quiet Thanksgiving at home together as a family but I still miss the big get togethers.

  • Jennifer

    love this! no one should ever spend Thanksgiving or Christmas alone!

  • Melissa Au

    Being married, we’ve always had Thanksgiving with extended family because thats how my husband grew up. Growing up for me it was always just our little family. These are such great ideas especially the volunteering one. I’ve always wanted to do that but its hard with lots of family . I’ve considered trying to do it maybe the day before or the day after when things aren’t quite so crazy.

  • Great ideas for not having to spend the holidays alone!

  • Louise

    I love being around family for the holidays. I wish I lived closer to mine.

  • First of all, I miss the show “Friends.”

    Second, I second the idea of inviting non-family members who are without family. Since my sisters and I live out of state from my parents, my mom invites elderly singles from our church to eat with her and my dad. They all have an amazing day!

  • Virginia from That Bald Chick

    I had to spend Christmas alone once… it was NOT pretty.

  • wonderful tips its so important for people not to be alone and to be surrounded by others

  • Tammy

    We will be spending Thanksgiving with family.

  • Wendy T

    I’ll be home. Alone.

  • Anne - Mommy Has to Work

    I agree, there are many place to go so you don’t have to be alone. Thankfully I have lots of family.