I have found that I am not the only one in my senior years who will be alone at Christmas. I think that is sad. I have no children and my brother and I only communicate about 2 times per ear. He lives in another sate and has a life of his own. I do have a nephew, also in another state, who has a nice wife who updates me on Facebook occasionally.
But I am used to being alone during the holidays. My friends and neighbors who are alone this year are not. Some have family a few hours away, but others have family living locally.
One of my friends and I were talking about our Christmases when we were young. Families came from may miles away to one site to celebrate together. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins - from both mother's and father's sides of family.
I appears in some families that this wonderful time I had when a child is gone. I think this is sad. It seems now that it is an obligation rather than a wonderful tradition, especially for us older people. And then for some people my age it is not even an obligation. SO SAD.
But in my "lonely" life I make what I can - hence my plans above. I refuse to be sad at this time of year, so I have learned to make my own happiness, although it can be quite meager some years.
So my wish for all of you is to have a glorious Christmas and celebrate it as best you can. It is a wonderful time of year, if you will let it be so.