Over the years of my recent "alone" situation, I have developed some traditions of my very own that I can celebrate without others present. I plan some special treat for myself on Christmas Eve and watch my favorite Christmas DVD, "A Christmas Carol," featuring Alastair Sim as Scrooge. I challenge anyone to resist the happiness in this actor's laugh when his character, Scrooge, discovers that he has not missed Christmas. I always feel wonderful when it ends.
I always cook for Christmas and watch "Toy Story" on TNT. I love this movie - it is so happy. However, this year I will cook, but I stream and do not have cable, so I will find something else to watch while my dinner is cooking. Right now, my Roku has gleaned several Christmas shows from their library, and I am sure I can find something to enjoy.
I am baking a few sweet things to give to special neighbors, and of course, I will have my lovely Pekinese, Bobby Socks, with me. I have bought him special treats, as well. He loves it when I am home with him. That is all he needs.
I might even visit the beach on Christmas Day and rejoice in its beauty. I always feel closer to God there than any other place, including most churches.
My point is this...just because you are alone at Christmas does not mean that you cannot celebrate and be happy. Your own happiness is up to you.
My wish to you is the old and true: Have a Merry Christmas, and I mean that literally.