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.
- 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.
- 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.