Alone at Christmas?

Christmas seems like the time when we should all be with our families. But what if there is no family near? Where do we fit in? Where do we go?

Since I had no family near, for some time after my husband passed on, it became important to me to know well in advance where I was going to spend Christmas. I would start during summer and early fall trying to resolve this question, and the closer the season came, the more time I would spend trying to work it out.

I usually managed to get an invitation early in December. Then when I was asked where I was going to spend Christmas, I would have a place where I thought I belonged and could tell people so. Even though I knew that it was rather ridiculous to spend so much time on this, it seemed a shame to have to confess that I had no family nearby with whom I was going to celebrate that important event.

Homemakers as peacemakers
December 15, 1986

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