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Re: Holidays by yourself
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2014, 02:14:45 PM »
The only flaw in the "do volunteer work" plan is that places such as soup kitchens can become overwhelmed with volunteers on holidays and either have to create busy work for them or turn them away.

That is true.  I wasn't thinking of volunteering for holiday-related stuff, for which you are right, they have plenty of volunteers on holidays.  A much better choice is doing ordinary work like answering the phone, delivering meals, or emptying trash at a hospital, animal shelter, nursing home, fire house, or other social service or public agency that must stay open on holidays, so that more of their employees can have the holiday off.  Jewish organizations often do this at Christmas.  It's fun.

But it doesn't even have to be volunteer work.  It works just as well to think of someone who might be alone or unable to make a nice holiday that you could visit or host or take out for a treat or even just bring flowers or something you bake, or a child who adores you who would be thrilled to be invited to fly a kite or play a game with you.  Or you can bake cookies to give to all your favorite storekeepers, librarians, and so forth.  Or send flowers anonymously to nice people who deserve it.  Or write nice letters to people who aren't expecting them.  Delighting someone always cheers you up, don't you think?


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Re: Holidays by yourself
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2014, 08:30:45 PM »
I've had to work on many holidays. I'm at the point where if I have the holiday off I'd rather stay home by myself. Like some of the other posters have mentioned I usually buy something unusual or expensive to cook and I watch a movie.


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Re: Holidays by yourself
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2014, 03:56:02 AM »
I have to work every other holiday. We alternate years which means I have for example, Thanksgiving off one year and work the next.

I am divorced with 2 adult daughters, a son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren. I gave up on Thanksgiving and actually volunteer to work it. When I had it off, I used to spend days preparing and then have my family show up already full as they felt they had to stop at their Dad's/grandparents, before coming here. It works out better for everyone as I don't have to do the work, and they don't have to feel guilty about trying to hit up everyone's house.

I have to work this year until midnight Christmas eve, but have Christmas day off this year. Not sure when the family will get together though as it may be 2 days after Christmas. We'll see.

My schedule is Sunday through Thursday, so I haven't had Easter off in years.

Luckily, my family is accommodating as my younger daughter works retail, my older works for a utility that is 24/7, and my sister works for a hotel. So, none of us has a regular 8-5 Monday through Friday job.

As long as the family can gather somewhere near the holiday, then I am happy and so are they.


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Re: Holidays by yourself
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2014, 11:31:21 PM »
I used to do Christmas on-call every year- it was never busy, and all my co-workers appreciated it.
I always selected a big project, and a cuisine. For example, one year I re-finished furniture, and cooked an Italian feast. Another year it was a video film festival, and Chinese.
Don't even turn on the TV to any channel that might be doing holiday programming.
If you're religious, attend worship in a place you wouldn't ordinarily go. The Christmas I spent in a monastery is a treasured memory.