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Last year I remember listening to some of you in our community who felt that Christmas was one of the loneliest times of the year.  With your children all grown up and living in other cities, partners sadly no longer here, budget pressures, and loneliness a real fact of life, there was a certain disappointment that some couldn’t have the Christmases of yesterday, today.

We’ve been thinking about it a lot this year and wondered whether we could put together a movement of over 60s who don’t have significant things to do on Christmas Day who might like to meet up in a prominent park for a casual picnic lunch on Christmas day escaping the loneliness and telling stories long and short to each other.

It’s just an idea, and one that we would need you in the community to grab a hold of for it to work well because it really requires that you choose to spend time with each other.  But all of us here at Starts at 60 would really like to be able to help those who are alone find someone else to smile with on Christmas Day.  We want to hear your stories of joy, if you are able to find a community to share it with.


It needn’t be an expensive event or even too organised.  In fact we are considering whether each individual could pack their own picnic food and drink of choice and a picnic blanket or chair and head to a chosen location in each city at 12pm for lunch on Christmas Day.  It is just about being with others on this day made for family and friends and not alone.

Let us know your thoughts, whether you will be spending Christmas alone and whether you’d like to participate in a community Christmas Lunch with a difference.

If we get enough interest, we’ll get them going.

Comment below and fill out the form so we can make specific and personal contact with you if you are interested, and send it to your friends so they can be a part of it with you.



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. I think this is a great idea.
    However, a large percentage of lonely older people actually don’t live in the major cities. We live in little country towns or in the suburbs. There is also the public transport, or lack of, on xmas day. A lot of older Aussies no longer have cars.

    I’m not trying to put a damper on the suggestion. Just trying to be practical.
    In my town we have no public transport and probably 1/2doz people who are on this site. A lot of other small towns would be the same.
    I love that you have come up with this great idea and truly hope it works in the areas where there are a few people who can get together so as not to spend xmas alone.

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  2. I many years ago set up orphans Christmas and have revived it this year. For those who have no where to go and want somewhere to go.

  3. Sounds a superb idea. Not relevant for me at present. However, issues of accessing a meeting place might be difficult.

  4. Orange does a Christmas Community Lunch at the Function Centre on Christmas Day. Lots of flyers left all over town with details and I believe transport can be arranged.

  5. what a beautiful idea!! I have been fortunate enough to always have family around me at Christmas but dread the thought of one day being on my own. If I know of someone on their own I will pass on an invitation for them to join me at my home. Some people feel a bit embarrassed to accept these invitations as they feel they are intruding on family time. Not true I have open house!! So if you could get these picnics going they could go along with others and feel comfortable in their surroundings as everyone is in the same situation. Go for it!!

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