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Making the Most Out of a Holiday Season Away from Family

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Although we may want to, it’s not always possible to spend the holidays with our family. Whether you’re separated by distance, physical restrictions or scheduling problems, there are many reasons why you might not be able to spend holidays with those you love most. Sadly, this can lead many to become depressed and dread the holidays instead of looking forward to them.

But all does not have to be lost. There are still some ways you can make the holidays fun and celebratory and maybe even use technology to steal some time with those you love.

Doing Something Special for Yourself

One of the great things you can do during a holiday spent alone is to treat yourself to an activity that you’ve wanted to do—but haven’t. That could mean a special day trip somewhere special, a massage or day spa visit or a shopping trip. Whatever it is, schedule it near the holidays so you have something to look forward to.

Celebrate with Friends

A holiday away from family doesn’t have to mean a frozen dinner in front of a CSI rerun. Invite your other friends who’ll be alone to come over for a holiday meal or invite friends to stop by for some cider or dessert after they leave their family’s home. This will keep your home full of people, stories and cheer all day long.

Arrange for Skype Calls with Family

Technology gives us many new ways to stay in touch with our loved ones, and one of the neatest is a video calling software called Skype. Skype calls to other account holders are free so cost doesn’t need to be a concern. Schedule the call during a time when your family won’t be busy and the children are awake so you can see them too.

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Look for Special Senior Events

Lots of seniors are alone during the holidays, and many of them don’t want to be. That’s why local senior centers, churches and other organizations will host events that allow members of the community to come together and enjoy some company.

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