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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.
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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