Celebrating the Holidays Alone
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Holidays have been marked in most of our calendars as days we should be spending with our friends and families, but what if you’re celebrating this turkey day all alone?
Images of families together on holidays tend to be plastered all over, and when the realities our own lives aren't matching with those expectations, therapists NewsChannel 5 spoke with say it can create feelings of loneliness.
“It doesn't have to be our families that we are with in order to experience connection with other people,” said Michael Costello, therapist.
The latest census reports show that 31 million households consist of just one person, which is up four million since 2000.
With a growing statistic like this one, Costello says it’s no wonder more people are dining alone. However, he adds the best thing you can do is try and shine a light on what could be a rather dim situation.
“If you’re alone, it’s appropriate to feel lonely and certainly during the holidays,” said Costello. “Try and discover what kind of community you live in and become more aware of resources like local churches. They do a lot of events this time of the year.”
Delta Christian church is one of those organizations lending a help hand this holiday season. The church plans on transforming the Delta Middle School into a Thanksgiving feast; one that is free to the public.
“We welcome those who maybe new or lonely,” said Willyn Webb, volunteer. “They can come here and we will visit with them, and we'll love them. It’s a really good place to have it because it doesn't make anyone uncomfortable."
Breaking though that uncomfortable situation and giving yourself permission to step out of that traditional image of how you should celebrate the holidays is what Costello says is half the battle.
“Its one of those catch-22s,” said Costello. “When I least feel like reaching out for help is probably when the most responsibility is on me to do just that.”
The Thanksgiving dinner at Delta Middle School is scheduled for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Delta Christian Church will also be transporting meals to houses in the area.
For more information on the program, and how you can donate, call Traci at 874-8113.