Keep up the holiday spirit from a distance
Julie, who writes the blog Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, recommends building holiday spirit together even if you won't get to share the actual days in person. "Plan to Facetime or Skype as often as you can during this time of year," she said. "Even if you only chat for a few minutes, seeing one another or getting excited about the holidays together can help your mood."
Celebrate in a new way
McCoy shared the story of a divorced friend who is now often without the friends and family he used to enjoy holidays with. Instead of trying to recreate former traditions, he found renewed joy by volunteering at a local organization, helping to feed the homeless and low-income families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. "Creating new holiday traditions with friends who are in a similar situation can also chase away those holiday blues," added McCoy. "It can be a chance, with this new family of friends, to make completely new and different holiday memories."
Treat yourself to a trip
If you find yourself alone because you're suddenly single or because someone else has the kids for the holidays, sometimes the best idea is not to fight it at all. Instead of a solo or miniature version of your typical holiday celebrations, treat yourself to a holiday trip. McCoy quoted a friend who decided to head to Mexico instead of staying home alone: "If I'm home, I'll just be depressed and focused on the fact that I'm alone," she said. "By going to Mexico, it's a gift for me: warm beaches, great food, and a chance to celebrate my way."
Open your presents over Skype
To keep up at least a little holiday spirit with your missing loved one, open your presents over Skype, says the Soldier's Wife. In a similar vein, consider sharing Thanksgiving dessert together via Skype, or maybe a glass of wine.