Christmas is understandably a difficult time for grandparents who are estranged from their families, here are just a few ideas:

Christmas Survival:

Remember that Christmas is not as appears on the TV ads, not all families are gathering in joy and harmony!

Put up lights or a special decoration, maybe a small table top tree.

Invite someone else who is alone to spend time with you.

Volunteer to help out in one of the many organizations who offer a welcome to those less fortunate than ourselves..

Give yourself some quiet time.

Remember what Christmas is about. The first Christmas wasn’t full of materialistic things it was about hope.

Plan something special.

Go somewhere you have never been before.

Write a poem or song.

Play music, have a film marathon.

Don’t feel sorry for yourself.

Have your own act of remembrance, that could be hanging something special on a tree, planting some bulbs or lighting a candle.

Go for a walk, look at nature and al that it offers, check out new buds just forming, a sign of Spring.

Arrange a Skype chat with others who are feeling low.

Indulge a little.