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Christmas: it’s a time when we come together in multiple generations to celebrate being family, loving family and having family – well, most people do! But when you’re over 60 it is different to how it used to be when you were in your tens, twenties, thirties and forties. For some it is a wonderful time of warmth and caring, full of hope and optimism, travel or grandkids, love and joy. For others it is strained, uncomfortable and difficult; and for some it is downright lonely as they remember or wish for times that simply aren’t possible because loved ones have passed or are too far away. No matter where you are today, we’re here with you and we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. But we do know that Christmas at 60+ is different… largely due to what has gone before in life and we want to talk about it today as we share Christmas wishes!

Over the last 21 months, since Starts at 60 began, I have got to know our over 60 community intimately. I hope you’ve got to know me and the rest of our team a little too. But Christmas last year was to me one of the most touching and memorable times because I had never before realised just how different Christmas becomes when you are over 60 until last year. Whilst we know 60 isn’t old at all, it is certainly a time when you know more, have lost more, and suffer fools less, or at least it seemed talking to everyone last year.

Those with lost loved ones seemed to suffer the most, pining for the special times on this day that is so full of traditions; but there were many with families nearby who simply felt sad about what Christmas has become for them, by choice or by circumstances.

For others, Christmas was the most wonderful time – the time when all their families come together for one brief and fleeting moment to share in each other.

And there are those who never really could have a family, or their family simply isn’t close enough to be with at Christmas.

Christmas at 60 it seems is not necessarily the story book it is in your earlier decades. It’s just another day, but one with more expectations, more emotions and more feelings.  It is happy, sad, full and empty.

For me, in my adult years, I have never had a lonely Christmas. At nearly 40, I have always been fortunate enough to have a large family around me, so even if one portion isn’t working, there was always someone to share the day with and I’ve gone out of my way to make it special.

But I want to know what Christmas is for you today. Is it exciting? Is it special? Is it sad? Is it lonely? Is it joyful? Is it different at 60 to how it used to be? Do you go out of your way to make Christmas special or does Christmas get you down? Share your feelings about Christmas today.

All of us here are Starts at 60 want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  

Thanks for being here with us, and each other this year.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Merry Christmas to all at Starts at 60.Yes,Christmas is much quieter these days but I am so lucky to have a wonderful son & his little family drive 2 hours &stay overnight.I miss the days when all the kids were small,it just doesn’t feel like Christmas anymore&I feel quite sad missing those days

  2. Enjoy every Christmas as it comes as we get older all aspects of our life change and who knows if we will see next Christmas .Make every day a special one 🙂 .

  3. Starts at 60 makes my day. Thanks and compliments of the Season to you all and my family and friends.

  4. No more working Christmas Eve night , Christmas or Boxing Day. Now can spend it with my family &enjoy it.

  5. Merry Christmas. It is definitely a difficult time for many people. I wish everyone a lovely day, being with whoever you meet up with (family/friends/strangers that you smile at and share a “Hello, have a good day”

  6. I want to go back 22 years when all my beautiful family was home my son was alive and my husband was alive but you can’t so now I have moved on and have 11 beautiful grandchildren and 3 great grand kids always a hole in my heart but very happy at the same time

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