How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner Without Your Family
The holidays are usually about getting together with your family, and for some people, the biggest problem they face during this time of year is deciding how to divide up their time between various family members and hosts.
However, what if you’re not close to your family or don’t have many family members in the first place? Many couples today are childless and so won’t be expecting the kids home from college, and some may simply live too far from family members to enjoy the holidays together.
For anyone in a situation like this, the most important thing is to avoid simply sitting in the house, feeling sorry for oneself. Making plans ahead of time can mean enjoying the holidays either on your own or with those with whom you do feel close. As an example, if it’s just you and a significant other, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. Make a scaled-down version of dinner but ensure you have all the trimmings. Decorate the house or apartment as if you are having a party so your mood is festive.
It’s also good to keep yourself busy during this time; if you’re not close to family or don’t have many family members, reach out to others during this time. Volunteer at a local church or shelter.
If you’re not comfortable doing this, be sure to plan something enjoyable for yourself. See a movie, get a good book or DVD, or choose a fun project you can enjoy for the day. You can even pick a project you want to accomplish around the house; this will make you feel satisfied at the end of the day and it will still be a special day for you.Related Stories: