Need to spend Christmas and New Year without family this year. Feel lonely already.

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OP, I'm in a similar situation. I'm estranged from most of my family and have spent the past 4 years alone at the holidays. If you know anyone else who won't be with family, maybe organize your own get-together with them. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or shelter for a few hours is also a good alternative-you'll be surrounded by people who are genuinely happy to have you there, and it's an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone else's life (= instant mood lifter). Or do your own thing. Binge-watch your favorite show, read a good book, etc. Do something you enjoy but that you don't normally have time for. But definitely avoid social media at the holidays. Being bombarded with posts & photos of everyone I know getting to spend the holiday with their families just reminds me that I don't have that, which makes me sad and angry.

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