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What do your parents want to do? Do you really envision you're going to be sitting around the table being mopey that your brother isn't there? Sure it's hard when family members move to the other side of the country or have to spend holidays with their in laws. But that doesn't mean that you have to be sad or forgo a nice dinner.If you want to volunteer at a shelter you need to sign up now. Everyone wants to volunteer at a shelter at Christmas. The shelter where I volunteer occasionally has Christmas sign up scheduled for early October. They expect to have all slots filled by the end of that month.
You can :
*have a nice fancy dinner like always
*have a more casual "dinner and a movie" evening
*Skype with brother during your meal.
*take parents out to do something, like visit historical site or museum
*volunteer at a shelter
I learned this about 10 years ago when I wanted to volunteer for much the same reason - to break the Christmas blues. It turned out that the only charity that accepts last-minute volunteer help around Christmas is the Salvation Army and the only help they want is bell ringers. So now I spend Saturdays Thanksgiving to Christmas ringing for the Salvation Army.