Alone on Christmas Day? You don’t have to be

By Vanessa Wiltshire

CHRISTMAS is marketed as the happiest time of the year, when in truth, it’s often not.

For people who are alone, or have suffered a trauma or recent bereavement, Christmas can bring up painful feelings, such as loneliness, isolation, even anger.

Greater Bendigo residents who might be alone, feel excluded, or are facing financial difficulties this Christmas are encouraged to register early for the 2019 Community Christmas Lunch.

The two-course lunch will take place in The Conservatory at the All Seasons Hotel from noon until 2pm on Christmas Day.

Registrations are essential and must be received by 5pm on Friday, December 6. Bookings can be made by calling the City on 5434 6000 or visiting the City’s offices.

Greater Bendigo Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the event was always well attended and aimed to connect people who were disadvantaged or needed company on Christmas Day.

“The community lunch is a great opportunity to connect with other members of the community and feel part of the Christmas festivities,” Cr O’Rourke said.

Doors will open at 11.45am and the lunch will be served at noon sharp on Christmas Day and includes cold meats, salads and dessert with traditional festive trimmings. It is an alcohol-free event.