Unite Foundation

An Alternative Christmas

Quite literally everywhere, on television, in magazines and newspapers and on social media, we’re bombarded with images of the perfect Christmas, but actually it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. For a lot of people, it can be stressful, lonely, sad or at the very least just a bit boring.

We’ve heard of lots of creative ways to improve what can be a challenging time for some people, here are some of our favourites;

  • Host a friendship-group Christmas day for other people who aren’t spending Christmas day with their family;
  • Volunteer at a charity Christmas Lunch or party;
  • Get out into nature, and see what your local beaches, woodlands or hills look like when they’re not crowded with people;
  • Have a “hygge” Christmas – spend the whole day in your PJs reading a book from cover to cover and eating chocolate;
  • Break sweat by setting a festive fitness goal;
  • Create a photo-project on Instagram exploring your local area from new angles;
  • Go to a church service and sing along with your favourite carols.

This Christmas, we’re going to be connecting our young people so that they can get in touch with each other and organise their own social activities over the holidays. We hope you all make the best of the break (and do tag us @theunitefoundation if you create a Christmas photo-project, we’d love to see!).