Spending Christmas Alone

I’m writing this post a few weeks in advance as I do for most of my posts.  Christmas is traditionally a time for get-togethers and families and people don’t tend to think of those who spend it on their own for various reasons.

In previous years, I have spent Christmas Eve and some other days handing out clothes to the homeless of London, buying food and drink for those who I meet in doorways and inviting back some to spend the Christmas period at home with me.

man person people old

Homeless at Christmas in London

So far, no-one has taken me up on the offer but it’s not for lack of effort on my part.

I don’t expect to be doing Christmas at all this year, unless the weather is nice and I might get to church.  Like the last few years, I’ll be spending it alone but due to the on-off house-moves, being attacked a few weeks ago and not having an immediate family any more there doesn’t seem to be much to celebrate. So today will be just another day for me, or at least as close to one as possible without any trees or fanfare.

Or perhaps I will get lucky and one of my invites on Christmas Eve will take me up on the offer of a warm house, a shower and bit of turkey for a day or two.

As the saying goes, misery loves company.

selective focus photography of ceramic mug near candy cane

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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8 Responses to Spending Christmas Alone

  1. Francis says:

    Buom Natale Stefano.

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  2. Elaine says:

    Hi Steve, your blogs are immensely generous, gifts landing in our email boxes whatever the day, not just for Christmas!! 😊. Thank you for your unconditional generosity and the thoughtfulness and time you spend on your blogs, really been enjoying them. xx

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  3. Boyer Writes says:

    Stephen, I know this is Christmas time when you wish that you had your Mother with you…as always, but as a Mother who would like all her children to be as loving as you and your Mother were, I only have one thing to share: Christmas has been made into a “shopping bonanza” rather than a time to reflect on its true meaning of hope through Christ, the Savior. You mention that perhaps you would go to church. Sometimes it is helpful when we feel down (or up) to simply wander into an open church door, sit on an empty pew, look at the cross and reflect on our many blessings. Your writings have been great blessings to many as they will continue to be. Never forget your God-given talent. This may be belated and after Christmas, but I think it might be God’s message to you. Blessing and a true inspiration for a New Year. Nancy at Boyer Writes

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  4. oh my, this is indeed a late thought for you. But as so many have said, you bring great jiy into our lives and the lives of so many others. Im also one to invite others who seem to be needing some friendship if only for a day. Last Christmas my daughter heard an older woman crying in Wal mart and promptly befriended her asking her to come for lunch.
    I also like to or used to, sit in old churches and just reflect. I wish I could be one of the lonely lost people invited to your table, I would have come and what a great talk we could have. LOL I hope the rest of 2020 gets better for all of us!

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