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Xmas on my own - inspiration pls!

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Pogodog · 10/10/2021 20:59

DS 10 is going to be with his dad this year for the first time, which means I’ve potentially got 3 nights on my own over Xmas. I feel okay about this I think, and I’m trying to see it as a chance to do something different.

I’ve thought about going away somewhere, would like to do a walking or group activity maybe, but everything seems to be for 5 days plus. I’m also trying not to think of forced games and jollity with a load of strangers in a hotel, gamely pulling crackers while grimacing inwardly (probably just me)!!

What Xmases have worked best for you if you’ve been on your own, and if you’ve done a solo trip, how was it?

Any ideas would be great.

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Wanttohideaway · 10/10/2021 21:03

Hello OP. I had a Christmas alone once, I literally used the time to declutter the house and have a good sort out. I know it doesn't sound very exciting or interesting though! I'd have loved a few days away alone.

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AuntieStella · 10/10/2021 21:05

I haven't been in your shoes, but as walking appeals, I suggest you do a parkrun on Christmas Day (despite the name, it's absolutely fine to walk). It'll be a friendly group (fancy dress not compulsory) and take up the morning.

Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, even if you're not religious (just go for the carols and the atmosphere)

And there are lots of events on Boxing Day (runs, open water swims if you're very hardy!)

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pennysays · 10/10/2021 21:06

Oh bliss!! Well, what do you like to do? If it was me I would ignore Christmas and have an “exactly what I want” day. Which would be some form of exercise in the day, a hot bath a couple of amazing films, great food, day time drinking and a seriously early night!

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abricotine · 10/10/2021 21:22

Maybe not what you are after but a friend of mine used to volunteer on the day serving Xmas dinner in a shelter or to lonely elderly etc - there was a good festive atmosphere along with the other helpers and people were enormously grateful. Coupled with some good cheese and wine in the evening, and a hot bath and good movies later on as suggested above, I could definitely be tempted!

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languagelover96 · 11/10/2021 16:44

Xmas in a hotel somewhere

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BluebelllsRosesDaffodills · 11/10/2021 16:45

Ask local pubs and hotels if they need any staff?

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BluebelllsRosesDaffodills · 11/10/2021 16:46

Go to Russia, where Xmas is a completely different day

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CareerConcerns1999 · 11/10/2021 16:47

@Wanttohideaway

Hello OP. I had a Christmas alone once, I literally used the time to declutter the house and have a good sort out. I know it doesn't sound very exciting or interesting though! I'd have loved a few days away alone.

Oh god this is what I would do!
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CurryLover55 · 11/10/2021 16:49

3 night break in a cottage? Log fire, roll top bath etc. Bliss!

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GoodnightGrandma · 11/10/2021 16:51

I would also forget Xmas and do some decorating or have a clear out of my loft.

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RainyDayzs · 11/10/2021 16:52

Which area are you in?
We can find you a 3 night break away!

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Pogodog · 11/10/2021 21:31

Thanks all. Love hearing people’s different ideas!
Am determined not to do clear out stuff as I’ve done a lot of that recently… am definitely edging more towards the nicer stuff Smile.
Tempted to do something in a group but no dates add up.

Rainydayz, I’m in the south west

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Laurie01 · 11/10/2021 21:37

pennysays Sounds perfect!

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CareerConcerns1999 · 11/10/2021 21:38

A whistle stop trip to NYC?

Drop dc at their dads at 8am, off to the airport, you would be in NYC by 1pm their time. 3xnights and days exploring.

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SingingSands · 11/10/2021 21:44

I did a posh shop at M&S, buying all the food I couldn't normally justify buying, with some prosecco and wine. I lit some lovely candles, watched some lovely films and ate my lovely food, wrapped up in a lovely blanket on my sofa. I don't think I actually left the house, it was really just about pottering about, eating and drinking when I wanted, napping and watching tv. I didn't realise how much good it had done me until I caught myself in the mirror - my shoulders were down, my face was relaxed, I felt peaceful.

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Skiptotheloo1 · 12/10/2021 13:59

How about flight from Bristol to Iceland for a couple of nights. Amazing country which would be magical at Christmas

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