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Blackhair posted 12/20/2013 20:35 PM

With Christmas approaching, I am feeling more lonely and aweful! I can not explain the pain, like a revisit of a DDay!
It is my first holiday ever in my life with three young children with no relatives in town.
I do have a couple of close friends. XWH will fly to Philippine for three weeks to be with OW.
I can never imagine the man you spent over 10 years will leave his kids behind in the snowy weather while he can relax on the beach with a young girl!???

BTW I did meet a guy we did a few things together, he likes me a lot, but I am sure he is the right one for me and I am not ready to let him meet my kids yet.

I know next year this time things will be a lot better, but a year (365days) seems so longgggg.

I guess I will be sing " Blue Xmas" all alone, anyone care to join me?

exhausted lady posted 12/21/2013 00:35 AM

Singing it right along with you....but for oh-so-different reasons. This is the first "season of firsts" since my dad died and my mom - who has dementia - moved in with me. Also my first Christmas with my SO (and amazingly supportive man, thank God).

My dad's birthday was 11/26, then came Thanksgiving, today would have been mom & dad's 65th anniversary, and next on the list is Christmas. I am so glad to have a good man in my life right now, but DAMN am I fighting depression issues! Plus, I need to keep on a happy face for mom, her dementia has progressed to the point that she doesn't deal well with me being upset about anything.


Spring cannot get here soon enough for me. I'm right there with you Blackhair. Hang tough! And, I'll try to do the same.

I always thought I'd have things smoothed out and figured out by this stage of my life. Ummm.....guess I was wrong.

seekingright2013 posted 12/21/2013 09:48 AM

(((Black Hair))) and (((Exhausted Lady)))

No answers, just hugs !!

EL, I thought I'd have it figured out by now, too !

Spring is coming

burnedcanuckEMS posted 12/21/2013 11:59 AM

Yeah me too. I am trying to be excited for xmas but I just am not. I keep thinking that at least last year I had a boyfriend (he turned out to be a huge jerk), now I have no one. I really wish I had a family and little kids around so I could really celebrate, but since I have none of the above a huge part of me thinks what is the point? I have two weeks off work and sadly not excited at all. I will be going to my mom's which will be nice but I still feel like I really missed the boat of life if you know what I mean. This sucks. I really should have just worked over xmas.

NotFixable posted 12/21/2013 14:30 PM

I am having a Blue Christmas, too. I want to fast forward through the next 2 weeks and wake up next year! My parents and siblings want DD and me to come for Christmas, but I just can't make myself want to. I know everybody says I should be around family to get through this time, but I really just want to be alone with my DD at "safe" place. They don't understand what I'm going through and I figure I'll just sit there and continually break down into tears. That'll ruin it for everyone else, too. This sucks all the way around!

Sad in AZ posted 12/21/2013 14:41 PM

I'd love to be with my friends; I was invited, but they're 3.5 hours away and I just can't imagine driving in Christmas traffic. I'd also like to be with my mom if just to keep her company. She's not alone, but the company is not her favorite

I'd love to be with DS & DDIL, but the lack of time and the fact that they are leaving to visit her family on Christmas day makes that unviable.

I'm having an alone Christmas, but not blue. I really don't mind; I have to work Christmas Eve, probably until 10pm, maybe later. I plan to go to the movies on Christmas Day. I even bought myself a duck to cook for dinner--I love duck and haven't had it in years!

Treat yourselves well and kindly. Being alone does not have to be blue.

stronggirl72 posted 12/21/2013 16:47 PM

I still find myself feeling fine one moment, and totally sad the next. It's all about the little things, and gaining strength and comfort with yourself, little by little.

As tough as it is, just be patient and be kind to yourself by doing those little things (cup of coffee, finding a good book or seeing a movie). You will learn to find more self-worth every day.

nowiknow23 posted 12/21/2013 21:34 PM


She11ybeanz posted 12/21/2013 21:46 PM

On the romance side....I'm definitely singing the "Blue Christmas" song with you...but on the other hand.....this will be my daughter's 1st FUN Christmas at 16.5 months old...and I CAN'T WAIT to experience the magic of Christmas through her eyes!!! I'm so excited for her....and I think that overshadows any sadness I have for being single still..for yet my 2nd Christmas in a row.....

Maybe next year will be different.....maybe not....but either way....I'm gonna make the most of it!!! Enjoy this time with your kids....your ex is the one that is actually missing out on this much needed time with his kids....and down the road your children will remember who spent all of the holidays with them....and who didn't. You are a superstar....and don't you forget it! He will regret his choices one day....

peacelovetea posted 12/22/2013 00:21 AM

Yup. First one without my kids on the day (though I will go watch the present opening -- but will that make it worse or better? I am not sure) and all the accumulated complicated memories of Christmases past on top. Add in the fatigue of grad school and that the 31st will be a year since my D was final, and I am something of a hot mess at the moment. It will pass, but I will be glad to have the holidays be over.

newnormal posted 12/22/2013 07:04 AM

Im looking at this time of the year as a "first". I take a step, pause to see if the step felt bad, sad, mad, no? Take another step.

For example, get a tree by myself? Sad? No. Rocked that heavybad boy all by myself . And the tree trimming guy was super nice at the lot. Trim the tree in a pitiful manner because of the new cat? Its funny because she keeps tearing parts and decorations off.

I keep busy improving my home, helping others and trying to be in the moment with friends. So for me, Christmas isnt as bad as I thought it might, and next year will be even better!

justjim posted 12/22/2013 08:10 AM

I still find myself feeling fine one moment, and totally sad the next.


Trying to figure out how to go to sleep on the morning of the 24th and not wake up until the 2nd.

That's going to be tricky, since I am not sleeping as it is...

whatdoto posted 12/22/2013 08:17 AM

This is my first Christmas alone in 20 years. I was pretty OK about until I told my coworker, that won't return to work until the 30th, enjoy your Christmas and your family. I left and got into my truck and sat there and cried as I backed out to go home and wait for XWH pick up DS for his weekend.

It's not just the loneliness but the years of traditions with our families I will miss so much. Seeing the families new additions, my toddler niece and her sister that is 5 mos old. In fact I haven't seen her since she was born because XWH's family won't talk me and haven't since June. I have 5 older nieces 4 out of college and 1 in jr high, none will talk to me. 2 were in our wedding. Crickets.

I am thankful though for my BFF. We he gotten much closer and spend a lot of time together. I am making new friends. I had a Christmas party at my new house 2 weeks ago and met some of my neighbors. I really hate "starting over" at 53 years old.

DS thinks I should sign up for that OLD for farmers only. Lol. We lived on a ranch and I can pretty much operate any tractor, bale and rake hay and use a hay elevator to load hay. Raised chickens and butchered our own beef and pork. I could go on and on, those are the things I miss. Now I'm in town and have neighbors and have to pay for water.

The "time" factor of 2-5 years with dealing with infidelity is the same for starting over. Just more time.

k94ever posted 12/22/2013 18:39 PM

I'm not having a "blue" Christmas because this is #3 on my own. I've been asked to a friend's house for dinner, but they have a HUGE family and everyone comes and that's just way tooooo many people for me to deal with.

Let's just say I am ready for the Holiday Season to be done with. It really does suck when you are "celebrating" them by yourself.


Blackhair posted 12/22/2013 18:48 PM


I really like your quote "Do not stay in your hurt forever. Choose to move out of it.".

It is so true, anyway I managed to get a sitter and planned to go to a single dance party on New Year Eve, shaking off all the " blues".... -:)
I always love to dance have not done it since I met XWH, that is a long time.
Great to be single again and start to do things I like.

persevere posted 12/22/2013 22:15 PM

((Everyone)) this is a tough adjustment with lots of ups and downs, especially around the holidays. I've had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year, but with my DD home from college it's gotten better and it's going to be an okay Christmas.

New Years this year has me a little down. For the first time in years I don't have any firm plans in place and it has me a little down. Many of my friends have couple plans going on, and my boyfriend has his kids for NYE, so not an option. I usually have various party options but hasn't come together this year. So it may just be me. But I need to remember that really, that is okay.

lifestoshort posted 12/22/2013 22:21 PM

I miss being in love, having a plan, feeling secure, not worrying about dating. waking to see my man on the other side of the bed and quietly getting up to start my day. i miss touching feet in the middle of the night, or holding hands in bed or at the theatre... i miss lots. tonight sucks a little. I dont miss a particular person. I just miss all this :(

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k94ever posted 12/23/2013 18:20 PM

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