Jackslady wrote:Endora wrote:It's been nice to read all your stories here. We have a few family traditions, the when we open presents and what we eat stuff, all pretty dull but a consoling pattern in their own way.
My DH and kids still love Christmas, but a few years ago my parents died , one each side of Christmas, pretty unexpectedly. Being an only child made it seem even harder. I've never really been comfortable with it since then, so I actually just grit my teeth and long for New Year.
My thoughts are with you, endora. I'm an only child too and since my parents died I have no relatives at all. Since I have no partner or kids either, I'm now on my fourth Christmas alone - I've actually spent three Christmas Days alone, it's not that bad really, I still make myself a complete Christmas dinner, I eat by candlelight in the kitchen, listen to my favourite choral music, then go for a walk and watch wall to wall Johnny until bed time! This year a friend has kindly asked me to her house, I honestly don't know whether I'll enjoy it or not. Of all the days in the year, it's the one when I miss my family and particularly my parents the most. I think all families have their own particular Christmas traditions and visiting others you can feel like you're intruding.
I've really enjoyed reading this thread and finding out what everyone does for Christmas, I hope everyone here has a wonderful time!!
I wonder if there are any other zoners out there like me who have no family, or like endora, may find Christmas difficult because some family members are no longer here?
Hopefully you can pop in here for some company as I for one will be zoning later in the day.But sounds like you have a good time on your own chilling out and not getting stressed even though you miss your family