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Reaching out at Christmas

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Christmas time can be a bit of a difficult time for some. If it isn’t the worry of not having a lot of money it can be the fear of spending the day alone. Reaching out at Christmas time can be so important. When thinking of your perfect Christmas Day you probably imagine your family together.

Whether you have a small family, or a large one, reaching our at Christmas can be difficult. Knowing where to begin is often part of the challenge.

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Here are a few tips to try and help with reaching out at Christmas:

Send a Christmas card

This can be a great start. Your card might be thrown away, but it might not. Most people love to receive a card at Christmas time so it is highly likely that yours will be read, at the very least. If you have lost touch by telephone then perhaps consider including your telephone number.

Send a small gift

If children have been dragged into a dispute then you could try sending a small gift. This might be the perfect ice breaker to show that all is forgiven, or that you still care.

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Make a telephone call

People often consider it rude to hang up on someone. Even those annoying telesales/survey people! This can be the opener that you need to strike up a conversation. A gesture as simple as making a telephone call could let someone know you really care.

Write a letter

If you want to go old school when reaching out at Christmas then this is a fantastic way to do so. Writing a letter allows you to say everything you feel, without worrying about an argument or confrontation. Also, writing down your feelings can be a real cathartic release.

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If you are struggling with reaching out this Christmas and are feeling low then remember the Samaritans are always there. You can call, confidentially, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There will always be someone on the end of the phone just waiting to speak to you.

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Saturday 16th of December 2017

A lovely post and thank you for reminding me how important it is to reach out.


Friday 15th of December 2017

A lovely, thoughtful list, Katy - and so very timely. We have distant relatives that we don't see very much of. We always make the time to take round a card and chocolates, no matter how awkward it can feel. At least then they know we're thinking of them.

Susan Mann

Thursday 14th of December 2017

I love this post. My mum owned a shop when I was growing up and anyone who was spending Christmas on their own, she used to invite to our house. I still feel the same. And I think it is good to reach out at Christmas. It can be a difficult time of the year for some. x


Thursday 14th of December 2017

Oh how lovely - hope you have a wonderful time!


Thursday 14th of December 2017

It can be such a tough time of year for some!

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