People alone on Christmas are bonding on Twitter with #JoinIn

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British comedian Sarah Millican is urging those feeling alone on Christmas to band together on Twitter using the hashtag #JoinIn.

“If you’re alone or feeling lonely, follow the hashtag #joinin and start chatting with others there,” she wrote in a tweet shared Christmas morning:

Last December, she told The Howard Hour show by British presenter Russell Howard that it was her seventh year of doing this.

“[It’s] to bring together people who are on their own [on Christmas] and don’t want to be,” she told the show. “There are so many different reasons why people might be on their own and we just have a conversation on Twitter.”

She explained that when gets up on Christmas, she “set[s] the rules” and then retweets everybody using the hashtag, until everyone is having a conversation together.

It’s already helped some people in the past:

Millican said on Howard’s show that she sometimes gets messages as early as September from people asking her if she will be doing #JoinIn over Christmas for the year.

This year, many are sharing deeply personal—sometimes funny, sometimes painful, sometimes resilient—stories:

Some are opening up their (Twitter) doors to others:

Some are sharing their realizations of being alone during the holidays:

The holidays can be difficult for people for a number of reasons. But the threads inspired by #joinin bring out a unique unity through the honesty and vulnerability that people share. Millican admitted to Howard she’s addicted to the movement now. As she said, “I clearly can’t not even do it now, it’s so lovely.”

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Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque