I am giving a talk to the Young Adult Singles Group in my parish. The focus on the talk is how to ‘survive’ the Holidays as a single person.
I am looking for tidbits from Faithful Catholics regarding how you combat the Holiday Blues. I am focusing on singles - young, middle aged, older folks - who are practicing Catholics but are (for whatever reason) without a family or spouse or significant other during this time of year.
I know how I want to approach the solution from a theological point of view and I plan on making the talk as light hearted as possible (how to survive being the ‘other one’ at the dinner table, how to smile when someone in the family says, “How come someone as wonderful as you is still single?” and how to not run screaming from the room to avoid still ONE more Hallmark Movie about reuniting with your lost love from 2nd grade) but also remind us (me - I am one of the ‘us’) that we are to be ‘eternity minded’ people of service, that our suffering matters and that we can walk through this stuff with grace and dignity.
I would love to hear from you -
how do you handle being alone during the holidays?