“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, yet again, with many sure to be spending the Christmas and year-end holidays with close friends and family.
But definitely, there are also bound to be more than a few who will be away from their loved ones this season, which, for these individuals, can be a little bit of a downer during this festive period.
But for those in Singapore who are in this exact spot, one happy couple is setting the mood for a get-together meant exclusively for lonely souls on Christmas Eve.
On TikTok, David Loh and Esther Chua have issued an open invite to those seeking a fun time, with a pizza on the menu coupled with the potential for making new friends.
@davidandesther YOU’RE INVITED!!!! Drop us a DM to rsvp so we can plan for the food 😛🍕🍕 When: 24 Dec 22, Sat Time: 730pm-OTOT Where: City Hall (DM for more info) #christmas2022 #fypsg #youareinvited ♬ Wind – Prm.
“Many of you don’t know, but Christmas is a time when the lonely get lonelier, and the suffering suffer quieter,” Chua said in the video dated December 19, 2022.
Loh then added that he’d spent the last few Christmas periods alone, and admitted that he’d also felt pretty sad while adding that he could only imagine how those in the same predicament could be struggling mentally while everyone else shared the joy of the season with friends and loved ones.
The couple then extended an invitation to everyone watching the video to join them for a Christmas Eve pizza party, which will take place at 7.30 p.m. on December 24, 2022 at City Hall, with those interested only needing to send them a DM on TikTok.
According to AsiaOne, Loh had said that he’d failed to get any invitations to Christmas gatherings despite knowing a lot of people, and said that it was because he was that close to them.
“So I guess the loneliness is amplified, when you know many people yet you have no one else to spend it with. And I hadn’t met Esther back then,” he said.
Now, the couple — who got together in April this year — want to host the event for the purpose of forming genuine connections, which is why the party will look to focus on meaningful conversations and bonding over things like pizza and boardgames.
In the comments on the TikTok post, there were many who commended the couple for their charitable gesture, with some asking if they could still attend the event.
It was mentioned that the initial number of spaces was limited to 15, although they’ve since received plenty more messages expressing an interest in attending.
The couple had also initially budgeted between S$200 to $300 from their own wallets, but mentioned that a friend has since offered to fork in to make the pizzas for the event, which now means that they’ll be using the money on gifts instead.