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.

Reaching out at Christmas time

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 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.

Make a telephone call.

People often consider it rude to hang up on someone. 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.

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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Reaching out at Christmas time can be difficult sometimes. I've got some tips for avoiding loneliness, and getting back in touch during the festive period

14 Responses

  1. Talya December 12, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    What a lovely thoughtful post Christmas can be so all consuming but it’s so important to reach out to others that might need it the most and it can only take a minute or two to do.

  2. Mrs Mary Ann Abbott December 12, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I always send cards and write long messages in them as I think there is nothing like a handwritten message!

  3. five little doves December 12, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I love this, it’s so important to remember that Christmas isn’t always a happy time of year for many, and it can also be incredibly lonely.

  4. Anosa December 12, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Very simple ideas but ever so effective, I know I need to send some Christmas cards out to my friends and some family members too

  5. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany December 12, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Love this. Christmas is a time where you can reach out to someone in your life that you want to build bridges This has made me think of someone and I’m going to send a card.

  6. Justine Robson December 13, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Thank you for reminding me that Christmas can be lonely for some. A Christmas card can make the world of difference.

  7. katykicker December 14, 2017 / 11:37 am

    It really is! Thanks for stopping by x

  8. katykicker December 14, 2017 / 11:37 am

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

  9. katykicker December 14, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Oh how lovely – hope you have a wonderful time!

  10. Susan Mann December 14, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    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

  11. Rachel December 15, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    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.

  12. PKaurK December 16, 2017 / 8:16 am

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

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