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Alone at Christmas... How do I make it fun?

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I'm going to be alone at Christmas, uni student so not much money, just me in my flat grin

How do I make this fun???

I can't drink so can't even get sloshed grin

I'm already stocking up on Christmas Yankee Candles!

SunnySomer Fri 09-Sep-16 17:57:12

Is there a reason you have to be alone? You couldn't invite, eg, some foreign students who aren't going home round for lunch?

PotteringAlong Fri 09-Sep-16 17:57:28

Buy your absolute favourite foods.

Christmas films.

Or, if you don't want to be alone, there will be good kitchens etc looking for volunteers

Xenadog Fri 09-Sep-16 17:58:24

Do some volunteering at a homeless shelter. You can usually do several shifts over the festive period. I have and had really good times.

I'd also see about getting some nice food in, good DVDs to watch and books to read. You don't have to spend much and if you start now you can save up a few pounds a week which will be a decent sum by December 25th.

PotteringAlong Fri 09-Sep-16 18:00:13

Also, look what's on in your area. Christmas service at church / local cathedral? Christmas Eve stuff in local places?

Sunny I don't know anybody around here yet, although that could always change grin

Good idea about the food <plans trip to M+S with savings>

Will also look into homeless shelters smile

SugarMiceInTheRain Fri 09-Sep-16 18:12:39

If I had a Christmas alone, I would make sure I had my favourite food for lunch as well as yummy nibbles for over the Christmas period, like pork pie, nice cheeses etc. Might go to a carol service because I love Christmas carols (perhaps on Christmas eve) and spend the day in super comfy clothes, watching whatever I wanted on TV/ catch up. Or I might pop round and visit some elderly people who live nearby and might be lonely, take them some Christmas cake or something.

whistlingtea Fri 09-Sep-16 18:13:55

Guys, homeless places and so on are full to bursting with volunteers at Christmas, signing up now would help you out Christmas 2017!

SweetChickadee Fri 09-Sep-16 18:17:05

Have you just started Uni? You might have a whole gang of mates by Christmas.

Sweet I have crippling social anxiety so that probably won't happen, but you never know!

CodyKing Fri 09-Sep-16 18:21:21

Are there any student notice boards?

You could do a come down with me invite?

Swap Christmas Eve with Boxing Day?

Plenty of student parties and you don't have to drink

WhatsGoingOnEh Fri 09-Sep-16 18:22:15

I had a Christmas totally alone a few years ago. Kids at their Dad's, my family all ill with suspected swine flu, BF with his kids.

It wasn't that bad! Except I ended up getting drunk on my very boozy homemade Christmas cake that I fell over and gave myself a nosebleed!

The tv on Christmas Day is fab. You'll be fine. smile

Bumpmadethemjump Fri 09-Sep-16 18:22:19

Can't you visit any familysad?

CwtchMeQuick Fri 09-Sep-16 18:22:29

If I were alone at Christmas I'd get up early and drive to the beach for a walk, then come home and watch Christmas films with a few tins of chocolates. Enjoy!

Bump None to speak of, sadly..

TommyandGina Fri 09-Sep-16 18:23:57

I'm not religious but I'd be tempted to go to church, there's always a big welcome there.

Then, onto somewhere to volunteer, old peoples home, play cards with the oldies or just listen to them. After that, home for favourite foods in pj's with cheesy movies.

But... You may well have made some good friends by then

clippityclop Fri 09-Sep-16 18:24:56

If you're new at Uni give it time, you may find friends in a similar situation. In the meantime save up for your favourite food etc and look out for local events to get involved in .

TommyandGina Fri 09-Sep-16 18:29:09

CodyKing come 'down' with me could bring an interesting twist to Xmas confused

SweetChickadee Fri 09-Sep-16 18:29:19

Ah, I see AverageGayLad. That must be difficult in new situations.. Fingers crossed you find some nice new pals.

We emigrated years ago and have had a few Orphans Christmases where we invited friends and colleagues with no family to go to - it was really fun.

Tommy grin

ShotsFired Fri 09-Sep-16 18:34:00

I've voluntarily had several Christmases alone. It was great!

So first off, change your mindset into one of choosing to do it this way!

And then plan a lovely meal, tv guide, walk, whatever you want and start looking forward to it!

I have made full on roast meals with 2 choices of meat before, plus all the trimmings. I was enjoying leftovers for days!

Happy Christmas!

whistlingtea Fri 09-Sep-16 18:35:06

Oh please don't call them that sad

CodyKing Fri 09-Sep-16 18:35:52

CodyKing come 'down' with me could bring an interesting twist to Xmas

It's the Channel 4 extra version!! It's Christmas - why not?

I'm most looking forward to Doctor Who nerd

Anyone recommend any food? grin

TommyandGina Fri 09-Sep-16 18:40:08

What's your favourite meal. Picky bits, cheeses & crackers, cold meats / Pates?

Do you like cooking?

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