It may seem a little weird to wake up on Christmas day and not have anything pressing to do. No presents under the tree, or filled stockings by the fireplace, but spending Christmas alone doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Consider it part of the journey that’s taking you closer to where you want to be. The fact you are spending Christmas alone means you probably took a chance, moving far away from your hometown for an opportunity. Being brave enough to take that opportunity is something to be proud of! All that aside, you are still alone during the holidays, so here are some ideas on how to cope.

This first idea is a classic: Volunteer! Nothing can make you feel better during the holidays than helping others. Christmas is the season of giving, so what better way to spend it than giving back to your new community. You may even become friends with the other volunteers, as they probably came there to avoid spending a Christmas alone in a new city as well.  

If you are living in a new city away from home, technology makes it possible for you to still be able to attend the family Christmas. By using programs such as Skype, FaceTime, or FaceBook Video Messenger, you can see all the festivities while they happen. Though it’s not quite the same as actually being there, it is a close second!

Have you seen The Santa Clause? Then you probably know this is an option, but I’ll remind you anyways. Denny’s has a Christmas special every year. So if you’re spending Christmas alone (Or you just burned the turkey) you can still get a delicious Christmas dinner without spending the day slaving away in the kitchen for one.

Another option is to talk to your coworkers and any other people you may have met since moving. Maybe one of them is also spending Christmas alone. You guys could team up and be alone together! Or one of them may not be against having a tag along to their family functions. The more the merrier!

Do some research. If you just moved to a larger city, there will most likely be an event in place for newcomers who are spending the Christmas alone. This is perfect, as you will not only get to spend the Christmas with other people, but you will have the opportunity to meet other people new to the city. Potentially, you could meet someone you might end up spending Christmas with next year! Bonus: Most of these gatherings are potluck style, so you may also get to try traditional meals from countries all over the world.

If you are perfectly content with skipping out on the holidays all together there are tons of other options! Everyone is going to be off celebrating with their families. You have an extra day off and the crowds are all at home. Take this opportunity and visit the normally busy tourist attractions. For once, you can finally enjoy seeing them alone.

Looking for a chance to leave the city? Get outside and enjoy the outdoors! Go on a hike that is usually packed solid and enjoy the solidarity of being the only one on the trail. If you can’t get out of the city enjoy a nice walk downtown. You’ll be surprised how empty it is compared to the usual hustle and bustle of the city life!

Staying home is a definite option as well. You can watch some Christmas movies, do some Christmas baking, and blast Christmas classics at full volume. As someone who is also spending Christmas away from family, you will find me with a bottle of wine, in a warm bubble-filled bath, enjoying Christmas movies and lavishing in the fact that I don’t have to do anything for the entire day.

Merry Christmas everyone, no matter with whom or where you choose to spend it!

PS: Don’t forget to call your mom!