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Thanksgiving Tips for People Who Have No Family

Holidays are very sad times for people who live alone, and their family is not close by. Here are some tips of how to make your Thanksgiving a joyous one.

Create your own holiday magic. If you live alone, and have no family close by, then you have to create your own “family.”  There are more people that find the holidays depressing, because they have no family to share it with. The solution to that problem is to create your own holiday.

Find several people that might have the same situation facing them. Invite them to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish and come to your house. This brings interesting food, delightful  dinner companions, and a holiday spent with a special group of people.

Organize or get involved in a community Thanksgiving dinner. This will take time and probably should be a year long project. Enlist a local church, or several churches or civic groups, to help with the effort. This type of dinner gives people a chance to do something for others, who do not have family. Once again, organizing this takes a lot of hands, so enlist others to help with the food, place to assemble, etc.

If you have a community dinner already in your community, plan to attend. Offer to carry food to the shut- ins. Work at the dinner, even menial tasks as washing dishes, serving the food, and helping to set the table are appreciated.

Go to a movie Thanksgiving day to get away from the lonely feeling. You will find many others doing the same thing that day.

Go to a church service. Perhaps you will meet a friend there, and you can go out to dinner that day.

You can get through the day by not allowing yourself to be depressed. Make your own memories and enjoy Thanksgiving with a new family.

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  1. Amy S.

    On November 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm


    Definitely think that having friends over is a great idea! In fact that is what my bf and I are doing this year. We’re so excited and so are our friends! After all friends are your chosen family and what better way to spend a day being thankful than with those you want to be with! Both our families are in other parts of the states so we have found ourselves on our own before, and gone on vaca, which is also nice. But this year it will be great to make all the food we normally do but have people we love to share it with us!

  2. Amy S.

    On November 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm


    Definitely think that having friends over is a great idea! In fact that is what my bf and I are doing this year. We\’re so excited and so are our friends! After all friends are your chosen family and what better way to spend a day being thankful than with those you want to be with! Both our families are in other parts of the states so we have found ourselves on our own before, and gone on vaca, which is also nice. But this year it will be great to make all the food we normally do but have people we love to share it with us!

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