Posting to see if anyone else is suffering this year so maybe we can have our own thread to sympathize with each other amid all the other festive threads. Don't want to make it a pity party, but it's always nice to know you aren't alone, so if anyone else is going through a tough time, feel free to post. As well, if anyone has any ideas on how to beat these, please post. Just can't seem to make myself get out to do anything fun or Christmas-y.
It's the first holiday without my daughter (only child) as she moved away this past spring to the other side of the country. I'm also an only child and as such, only have my mother left to my family. So I really don't even get the joy anymore in Christmas shopping for my DD since she only wants money sent to her. In addition, I was just laid off of my job a month ago so any shopping or even participating in Black Friday this year is extremely limited and I have to make sure that any events don't cost much anyway. I wish I had the comfort and support of my boyfriend as well, but he has his own family with kids, parents and siblings that he makes plans with. I could certainly attend those events or even other friends invites, but nothing like feeling like a 3rd or 5th wheel in the room to help (NOT!) with the blues.
If anyone else is feeling alone this time of year, please post and let's help each other!