BRIGHTON (CBS) — “Tonight I’m having Christmas dinner with a bunch of people I’ve never met before,” said Chris Newcome, the creator of a unique holiday tradition in Brighton.

Last year, work prevented Newcome from returning home to Pennsylvania for Christmas. Instead of feeling bad, he decided to whip up a holiday meal and open his home to guests who had nowhere else to go.

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This year, the invitation, which he posted on Facebook and Reddit, was directed toward the LGBTQ community.

“I could have gone home but instead, I decided I could bring this blessing to all these different people,” Newcome said.

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Strangers meet for Christmas dinner in Brighton (WBZ-TV)

The living room, filled with strangers, celebrated each other and the true spirit of Christmas.

“I messaged him right away, and I was like ‘hey, I saw your post last year, wasn’t able to make it, can I come this year?’ and he said, ‘yeah, of course,'” one attendee said.

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Sara Garrard of Charlestown explained, “I have to be away from my family on Christmas just because of my job so I was like yeah, I’d mostly be at home watching Netflix with my dog, I might as well share a meal with people especially other queer people who might not have a family to go home to or maybe home isn’t a safe or welcoming space for them.”