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How Will You Spend Christmas Day?

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by Jenny Pickett (subscribe)
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Published December 10th 2013
Soup kitchen, Christmas, Christmas Day, Christmas Lunch, volunteering
Chilean women preparing soup kitchen meals in 1932 (Image courtesy of Wikipedia).

For us, Christmas Day will, for the second time in two years be just myself, my son and my parents.

Last time, we thought we'd try something different (for us) and dine out at a restaurant but it didn't have that same level of interaction you get when you're with people you know. Tables of guests tended to be just that, with little or no opportunity to get to know each other and share a laugh.

We're still juggling around some ideas about what to do, apart from stay home, totally relax and feast on a traditional Christmas lunch and trimmings.

One idea was to volunteer at a 'soup kitchen' for Christmas Day lunch and we've just started exploring this option which seems to be a popular option, so much so, there's no vacancies (there must be many people in the same boat)!

Which leads me to the next question, what are you doing for Christmas Day? Are you in a similar position to us? If so, how do you plan to 'make the most of it'?

In any case, I wish you all a joyful Christmas and successful New Year. I'm sure we'll make our own fun but if you do know of a community organisation that needs the help of 3 adults and one child on Christmas day (ideally to help with Christmas lunch) then please drop me a line.
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For many years my family went out to the same restaurant for Christmas Lunch. The food was really good, but the price kept going up, and eventually my grandma decided she didn't want to go anymore. That reduced our family gathering down.

The restaurant closed down a few years ago, so we now have lunch at our house. My grandma has passed away now, but my grandpa and great aunt come to join us.

After lunch, we all gather in the living room, chat, and watch tv.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12521) 2236 days ago
There are sometimes "orphans" Christmas Day type events that people can go to. If you're in Melbourne and looking to celebrate with a crowd next to the Yarra River and for no cost except what you bring with you, check out this event:

The Newcomers Network is international, so it's possible they're involved in other Christmas Day events like this around the world. I know when I lived in Perth they had a similar thing.

It is hard - our Christmas has gotten smaller over the last few years, but now it's increasing in size again with new partners and kids!
by Rebecca Bowyer (score: 2|231) 2234 days ago
I was lucky enough to help out at a charity lunch last year, which was a great experience. Merry Christmas Jenny, I hope you and your family have a great day however you spend it!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2233 days ago
Hi Jenny I'm in an even lighter boat for Christmas as it's minus my parents. I find it a challenge to remain excited about Christmas Day preparations when there is not a 'crowd' involved. And "all I want for Christmas" is just that - a big bustling family gathering filled with love and all the trimmings. Alas it eludes me. Like you I looked into volunteering at a 'soup kitchen' only to find they're overcrowded. So as small as our gathering is I am determined to fill it with good food good wine thoughtful presents and most importantly love for the two people who mean the most to me. Oh and I got around to making my Christmas tree yesterday and that really helped to inject some Christmas spirit. My children will head off later in the day to spend time with their Dad so I'll stay tuned to see if you hear of a community organisation because I'd love to attend. Perhaps we could start our own as I'm sure ours aren't the only two light boats floating around out there.
by jeteg (score: 0|6) 2236 days ago
My huz was a Christmas Day baby and he is 70 this year so we are having a BBQ next Saturday for that. My birthday is on the 28th so we both don't get much attention for our birthdays because everyone is so caught up in Christmas stuff.
by soupson (score: 2|133) 2236 days ago
Hoping you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Jenny. I too was looking into doing exactly the same thing, as it seems so many of us felt drawn to do this year! May everyone's Christmas be safe and happy, and may the New Year bring you beautiful blessings.
by sonsp (score: 0|6) 2232 days ago

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