I’ll be (alone) for Christmas: Why Christmas without a family dinner is more than fine

Christmas is almost here, which means we’re surrounded by Christmas wishes everywhere. It’s all about “being together” and “spending time with your loved ones”, but what if this does match with your idea of Christmas? Or it’s simply not possible to be with your family during the holidays? Then you might be spending Christmas alone this year. However, there’s people who chose to be alone at Christmas, just because they like that way. Anyway, there’s plenty of people who aren’t sitting at a long family dinner this Christmas, and that is totally fine.

So if you’re thinking about celebrating Christmas alone-ish this year – or maybe you’re spending it with your partner but it’s not possible to see your family – and have some questions or concerns, no worries: we’ve got you. Read on!

I don’t feel like deciding what I want to do that day yet, can’t I just see how it goes?
This may sound a bit strange, but no, you can’t. We highly recommend you to make some kind of plan, as everything is closed on Christmas Day. Think about what you want for dinner a few days ahead, to prevent that you’ll be heating up leftover mac and cheese that evening. So, off to the supermarket, and treat yourself! The same applies to gifts, by the way: whether it is for you or your cat ;)

Okay, but what do I do?
It depends on on what level you are used to being alone. If you’re by yourself often and enjoy it, being alone during Christmas is probably less hard for you than someone who is surrounded by friends/roommates/family everyday. At the end of the day, you just want to look back on this day in a positive way, so it’s important that you make it as fun as possible for yourself! This doesn’t necessarily need to be Christmas-themed, as this may backfire your mood. Just treat yourself with that little bit extra: from breakfast (in bed if you like) to a steaming hot bath. Already looking forward to it?  

All by myself? Hmm…
If being by yourself on Christmas day is a bit too hard for you, there are options! Simply step foot outside. The shopping streets are probably empty, but go to the nearest park near you and you will probably see lots of people on a fresh Christmas stroll (if that is a thing?).

I have one question for everyone who is planning on spending the holidays without family: does your family only consist of blood relatives? Exactly. Call your bonus-family (aka your friends) and ask them how they are celebrating Christmas. Chances are that you can join their Christmas celebrations or start organizing a friend-only dinner. Good food (don’t forget to get the groceries in time!) and friends, a win-win situation, right?

Another Christmas dinner…?
Right, okay, we get it. You don’t feel like sitting out another ten-course Christmas dinner, whether you chose to have no plans this Christmas or it just happens to be that way. Fair enough. So here’s a few ideas to spice up your friends-only Christmas dinner: 

  • Deliveroo is your best friend this Christmas. Open up your laptop and order everything you and your friends like. No turkey this Christmas, this year we’re going for sushi and Ben & Jerry’s for dessert!
  • Turn your Christmas dinner into an American party. Let everyone bring something they made themselves, instead of one friend spending hours in the kitchen. This way you’ll have a collection of all your culinary arts and it won’t cause confusion about who pays for what.
  • Now that you’re no longer Home Alone, you can share your Christmas mood with your friends. And which movies better activate your Christmas mood than the Home Alone movies? Time for a marathon! Maybe it’s not quite dinner anymore but buy yourselves some snacks and get cozy on the couch. We guarantee you, you’ll feel just as stuffed as after the family Christmas dinner at your grandma’s!

Long story short, a ten-course Christmas family-dinner does not necessarily mean the best Christmas. Take good care of yourself or get together with your bonus family: fill it in however YOU like. So no family dinner this year? Good for you. You are going to have an amazing Christmas!

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently an intern at SUITSUIT. My greatest passion is writing, besides that I love good music, traveling and a bunch of lovely people around me. During my internship at SUITSUIT, I mostly write articles and provide the texts for social media.

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently an intern at SUITSUIT. My greatest passion is writing, besides that I love good music, traveling and a bunch of lovely people around me. During my internship at SUITSUIT, I mostly write articles and provide the texts for social media.

@marinavanhooft