No question: the holidays can be difficult. They can especially be hard if you’re spending the holidays without family. However, spending the holidays alone doesn’t have to be lonely! Here are some ways to step out of your apartment and into a brighter holiday season.

Text by Christen Bustillos

Friends gathered around snacks.
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Phone a Friend

Call friends who aren’t able to be with their families either. No one likes being alone on big occasions, so team up with people who will ease that discomfort. Get together and celebrate the holidays. Go see a new movie, go bowling, play card games, or try out a new restaurant.

Friends clink champagne glasses.
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Create Your Own Traditions

Have a very merry Friendsmas by asking friends over for a potluck or a hot chocolate party. Or shake up some holiday cocktails and settle in for a cheesy holiday movie (the 25 Days of Christmas marathon, anyone?). Or get together to do some seasonal activities, like ice skating or wrapping gifts to put in the mail.

happy puppy being helped.
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Lend a Helping Hand

Food banks, elderly care homes, animal shelters, and homeless shelters: all of these places need extra help around the holidays. Make a difference in the life of a person or an animal in need. Plus, helping others makes you happier because you can see your impact firsthand. You’ll never forget the smile on someone’s face as you hand them a warm Christmas meal.

Cat lying near Christmas tree.
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Borrow a Pet

People tend to travel for holidays and most don’t take their pets with them. So why not pet sit? Man’s best friend is the best companion you could ask for on a lonely holiday. You and your borrowed pet can cuddle up on the couch and watch a classic holiday film or you can take a long winter walk. Or both — it doesn’t matter, because animals won’t argue with your decision. They’ll just be happy to tag along.