Saturday, August 16, 2008

How to Avoid Being Alone During the Holidays

For many people, Thanksgiving, even more than Christmas, is a time to share with others. Read on for ways to share the holiday spirit.

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Gather other holiday "orphans" from your office, apartment building, church or synagogue, and stage your own dinner.

Volunteer to spend the day at a hospice, children's hospital or nursing home.

Sign on at a local soup kitchen or with a meal-delivery service such as Meals on Wheels or Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly.

Enlist in the Holiday Project, a group active in some 25 cities that visits people spending holidays alone in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.

Treat yourself to a vacation, with Thanksgiving Day tucked into the middle.

Be brazen. Call a friend whose family you enjoy and announce that you'll be alone. You're almost sure to land an invitation to dinner. If you don't, try another friend.

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