Day 10 – Invite a Neighbor to Dinner

by Kelsey Norwood

in Celebrations, Routines, & Traditions

christmas table setting

Think of all your neighbors and acquaintances and invite someone to dinner. Try to think of someone who lives alone and who may not have family around during the holidays. Open up your home to this person and invite them to have dinner and share part of this Christmas season with your family.

After dinner sing Christmas songs and have hot chocolate. Think about inviting this person to be with you on Christmas day as well – spending Christmas alone must be terribly difficult. Try to think of someone to include in your family celebrations this Christmas season.

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1 Kimberly S. December 10, 2008 at 3:25 am

For the past several years my family invites a someone we have befriended in the Navy who can’t make it home for the holidays for dinner. Every year it brings us to tears when they thank us and tell us how much it means to them.

This is one tradition I hope lives on until I have children and they are grown.

Happy Holidays!

2 tina winkle December 10, 2008 at 4:31 am

This is a wonderful idea. I would really like to get to know some of my neighbors more. I may invite them for coffee and dessert around Christmas time. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Tina W.

3 melita chow December 10, 2008 at 11:36 am

How funny! My dh and I were just talking about this last night! We are thinking of inviting our neighbors over for dinner who are redoing their kitchen right now. Thanks for the extra push!

4 Baba December 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm

We have several that we invite for dinner. Sharing is what Christmas is all about.

5 tammy b December 10, 2008 at 7:46 pm

did you see the family in the midwest somewhere (i think) who put a listing on craig’s list to have strangers to their house for thanksgiving? they had been homeless for a while and wanted to help others – anyway, they expected 1 or 2 responses and ended up with over 30 guests…all strangers! how inspiring that, and this is!

6 Jeanna December 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Here in Las Vegas, I think this is something we really struggle with. I hear all the time about how no one knows their neighbors. I can’t think of a better way, or a better time to start knowing them than now…..

7 Michele December 11, 2008 at 1:24 am

I think this is such a great and generous idea. I will have to think about it to see if there is anyone that I know that is alone on Christmas. The only people I can think of so far are already invited. One of them won’t come though because she has the beginning of Alzheimer’s, and leaving the place she lives makes her uncomfortable. So, what we do is go and visit her where she lives. I invited her to my holiday get-together this weekend, but she doesn’t feel up to coming. I’ll have to continue to think of people that may be alone as this is a great idea.

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
Butterfly Whispers

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