Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas! Dreamy and I will be celebrating with a special friend and her greyhound, Bella. We will have roast chicken and give the leftovers to Dreamy and Bella. I am really looking forward to sharing tomorrow them both.

As a single woman without a partner and who lives by herself, I know how it feels to be alone at Christmas. My memories as a child are not filled with happiness so I often feel anxiety leading up to it. My closest friends have family to celebrate with tomorrow and I am happy for them. At first, I found this terribly painful and felt abandoned. But I have learned to enjoy this time in my own way. It has been important for me to know that I can be happy, no matter what the circumstances.

Dreamy has made Christmas much easier. The closeness we share has taken the pain of being alone during this season. We have made many new friends who share a love of all living things, especially dogs. He has truly been a gift to me.

If you are fortunate to have a family with whom you can enjoy Christmas, please remember that not everyone is in the same boat. We all celebrate differently, some of us experience love, others experience pain, some experience both.

This season, I ask that we treat each other with consideration and care and go gently when we meet others. We don’t know what they are going through, if they are alone, who they have lost or their stress. Be kind and share love.

For those who are alone, I feel your pain. My hope is that you will sense some love as we celebrate at this time. You are not the only one who is alone, and being alone does not mean you are unlovable or unacceptable. You do not deserve to feel abandoned, nor to be misunderstood. Know this, there is love for you, and there always will be.

Merry Christmas!

In love, Jenny

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