My SS did check in earlier - near the end of Part III.
I guess finding a bunch of friends to hang out with on Christmas who don't have family would be great. I've got a lot of wonderful friends, but they all have family so it's tough for me.
I struggle with it but it's really the only time of year I feel that way. (though Valentines Day has similar issues)
Anyway, I was thinking of doing myself up as Santa this year for my church's Holiday celebration, but I don't know if that will make me feel any better.
Everyone out there who has family, please remember that you have something that some of us don't have. Celebrate that and be understanding of friends who are alone during the holidays - sometimes it is easier for to be alone that to be in the warm presence of a family that is not our own.
I'm still really looking forward to my SS present - It'll be one of 4 I receive, most likely.