Visiting your parents this Christmas? Here are seven clues they might need help at home
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Christmas is celebrated far and wide among family and friends, but it can be a lonely time of year for those who may be spending the day by themselves. If you’re not so close with your family or circumstance has led to a Christmas alone, there are plenty of things you can do to keep busy and socially connected.
You sure aren’t the only one spending Christmas alone, so why not invite your neighbours and colleagues over for a festive lunch, afternoon tea or dinner? They may not technically be family and you may not even talk all that much. Who cares? Take a chance, cook up a feast and kick-start conversations with new friends. It may be the beginning of new festive traditions…
Make an older person’s day and pay a friendly visit to them on Christmas. Many older people may not have family or friends who can visit them, so a friendly chat over some festive treats might just mean the world. Ring up a residential aged care facility near you and ask whether there’s anyone who’ll be spending Christmas alone. You might be able to volunteer over lunch service or spend an hour or two talking good books and politics in the garden.
Are you away for a holiday, work or study and can’t get back home in time for Christmas? The easiest option is to grab the phone or laptop and video-call your loved ones. Try and get a little more creative and spend a bit of time penning your best wishes to family and friends. You never know, you might discover a knack for writing and kill a few hours while doing it.
Got a bucket list of places to go, but never have the time to actually visit them? Why not spend your Christmas day checking off the list? Nature walks, rail trails, waterfalls and beaches – you can visit them all on Christmas without anyone slowing you down or whinging and asking, ‘are we there yet?’
Safety alert: If you do go exploring, please make sure you have a charged phone, map, torch and plenty of food and water. It always pays to let someone know where you are and what time you expect to return.
You may plan on having a lazy day and digging into some treats – it is Christmas after all! Start the day off by heading to the local park and joining the local parkrun fraternity. Normally on a Saturday morning, most parkrun groups have made special exceptions this Christmas and are hosting a festive five kilometre walk, run or jog around their usual tracks.
Here are the deets for those in the Latrobe Valley:
Meet on Tuesday, December 25 at 7:45am for an 8am start
Traralgon parkrun, Davidson St, Traralgon, Victoria 3844
Newborough parkrun, Botanic Drive, Newborough, Victoria 3825
Churchill parkrun, 8 Philip Parade, Churchill, Victoria 3842
And if you’re really keen, you can go the extra distance on New Year’s Day – the only day parkrun Australia allows double runs to be recorded.
Join Newborough Parkrun at 7.15am for a 5km walk, jog or run kicking off at 7.30am and then head to Churchill at 9.30am or Warragul at 9am for the New Year’s Day double.