Trees are already sparkling with lights. It won’t be long before families gather around trees, sipping eggnog and celebrating Christmas together.
Even in a warm, welcoming, community like ours though, many will be alone this Christmas Eve.
Business owners, professionals and executives without family will be alone. Widows, immigrants, and singles, will also be alone at Christmas. It’s a painful thing to experience.
Christmas Eve was once the loneliest night of the year for me. I understand why some people don’t like Christmas. It can be excruciating for the lonely. For the last two years, that was the motivation behind the “Don’t Be Alone On Christmas Eve!” event. It was my way of taking the joy back, and sharing it at the same time.
This year though, I will not be hosting it. I wouldn’t even mention it, except that there will be people wondering why. So I thought I would take a minute to let you know it won’t happen this year. At least, not in the same way.
This year, I prepared to host the event again. I hurried and scurried, and was glad to do it. I love it! But I couldn’t shake the feeling that all the energy and time I was investing should be given to someone else this year.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized it’s what I need to do this year. So, instead of hosting the Christmas Eve event, I will invest instead in family. I will make a point of sharing the joy with those I already have relationships with. Maybe next year the event will be hosted again, but this year the recipients will be family members.
And I’m so glad and excited about it.
For those who were hoping to attend the event, I want to encourage you to also decide to share that evening with someone. Don’t wait for them to phone you – chase them down if you have to. Even without the event, you don’t have to be alone this Christmas Eve.
How do you hope to spend Christmas Eve this year?