Solitude can be great. Sitting and relaxing alone with no pants on, free to eat or watch whatever you want can be quite refreshing. Everyone needs a little "me time" and for many of us if we never get "me-time" we can get quite irritable and even depressed. But when you find yourself alone when you're desiring to be in the company of others - say during a major family-centric holiday like Thanksgiving, that solitude can quickly turn in to heartbreaking loneliness.
People can end up alone during the holidays for many reasons: like studying abroad, a recent breakup or divorce, a lack of friends and family and even last minute cancelled plans.
I know firsthand what it's like to be alone on Thanksgiving. On a couple occasions I had to work and a few time, I just simply had nowhere to go, nothing to do and no one to do it with. What a bummer!
If I had used my time to come up with alternate plans instead of sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I'm sure I could have come up with something nice to do alone.
But alas, sadness can cloud even the most logical mind.
So if you've come here to my blog today: kudos.
You're looking for something to do! And it I sincerely hope that I can help you or someone you know make the best of a solo-Thanksgiving.
▲ In a foreign country? Decorate your space in festive autumn colors. Make a hand-turkey, make an autumn colored paper chain and cook yourself Thanksgiving dinner (the best you can with that weird foreign food). If you have friends, invite them to have Thanksgiving dinner with you!
▲ Single? There's no better time to join a dating website or singles forum. I'm sure you'll find plenty of other people spending Thanksgiving alone to chat with. You just might find someone you can meet up with that day!
▲ Depressed? Volunteer at a local free Thanksgiving meal event. I'm sure you can get a free meal, good fellowship and the fulfillment of helping others. Plus, seeing others who are truly alone and in need, might you help put your situation into perspective.
▲ Get out of town. Often times we know ahead of time if we're going to be alone on Thanksgiving, so plan a little road trip to a nearby hot-spot and enjoy a solo mini-vacay.
▲ Cook or order yourself a luxurious dinner and pig the heck out!
▲Download some short Thanksgiving e-books, warm up some apple cider and relax with a good story.
▲Start making your wishlist for online Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
▲ Become a Thanksgiving history expert. Watch Thanksgiving specials on TV and do a bit of research about the real history of Thanksgiving and why we celebrate it.
▲ Have a Thanksgiving comedy marathon. Movies to consider:
-Addams Family Values - my fave!!!
-Grumpy Old Men
-National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion
-Planes, Trains and Automobiles
-Son in Law
▲ Let it be known. Post on social media that you're alone on Thanksgiving and that you would either like some company or would like to join a family or group for dinner. Make a mature and straight-to-the-point post. Nothing dramatic and depressing like:
Use your words like a big kid. Try something like:
I'm sure out of all those friends you have, someone will have a spot for you!
Do you have any advice for anyone spending Thanksgiving alone?
Tell me what you've got in a comment below!