Christmas is often thought of as a time for families, but how is Christmas different for those who are single? What is their place in a broader family of couples and kids?
Joanna Hayes knew something had changed on her first Christmas back at Grandma’s with her married siblings. The room she had always shared with her sister was now reserved for her sister and her hubby. So Joanna found herself sleeping in the lounge room with the clock of death and a wakeful one year old. She also found herself travelling in the back seat of the car with her parents, and being asked the question all single relish: “So, have you met anyone yet?”
While Christmas can be a time of stress and tension, Joanna says what it really comes down to for singles is remembering that you are allowed to share your needs, and that its okay to let friends and family know how you’re feeling.
Here Joanna Hayes shares a single girls perspective on Christmas:
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