Aah, the perfect family Christmas. Twinkly houses, roaring fires, people smiling lovingly at each other whilst taking a family walk in Christmas jumpers after lunch.
Oh wait, that was a Christmas advert. Sorry.
When images of perfect families and great friends are all around us, what happens when you spend Christmas on your own?
Here are 14 suggestions just for you.
There are many reasons you might be spending Christmas on your own, some through choice and some not.
I love this blog by Ross Davies 'The people who choose to be alone at Christmas' as it explores how difficult it is to actually choose to be alone at this time of year, and 'I spent Christmas alone and it was a really good decision' from xojane.
The beauty of time alone is you don't have to fit in with what anyone else wants to do, you have a total free rein and because it's Christmas you can indulge without feeling that you should be working, cleaning or whatever.
Put together a day that's totally yours, plan it and make it a day to look forward to.
Alone this Christmas? Make it indulgent - plan, prepare and enjoy!
If you're going to be alone and you worry about feeling lonely, as well as indulging yourself you might want to put together a support list.
You have a choice: You can dread spending Christmas on your own, or you can reframe it to be a day to immerse yourself into total indulgence. Plan it, prepare it and then enjoy it.
If you know someone spending Christmas on their own, be a friend and share this.
Jane Travis is a qualified and experienced counsellor and clinical supervisor in the Lincoln area. She has been working at Reflections Counselling Lincoln since 2005. She also helps other counsellors and therapists market and grow their private practices at JaneTravis.co.uk.