A while back I asked on the Facebook page what was your biggest Christmas Stress – and the responses came back in their bucket load – thank you to everyone who replied.
It really seems that for a great many of us this can be a really stressful time of year, and I’m not surprised at how many responses I got, as Christmas has to be one of, if not the most, stressful parts of the calendar.
Here are some of the responses I got – do you share any of them (or all….)?:-
- Dealing with the mess when decorating and getting things sorted for the big day
- Thinking of original presents that people will really love
- Writing all the cards
- The cost of posting parcels, and the post office queues
- Finding the time to go shopping
- The shopping queues
- Affording everything – sticking to a budget
- Ensuring the kids don’t change their mind at the last minute about what they want
- Dealing with the new presents / finding space and not letting them add to clutter in the house
- Trying to get the kids to part with old toys they no longer use
- Family rifts – arguments during visits
- Trying to visit everyone and make them happy as well as yourself and your family
- Merging two sets of family traditions – especially when they clash
- Trying to keep everyone happy
- Cooking Christmas dinner
- Forgetting someones present (an unexpected guest)
SO, WHAT’S THE SECRET TO A STRESS FREE CHRISTMAS – AND IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE?
Basically, there’s not just one rule that fits here, I’m afraid to say.
The best answer I have as a starter though is you deal with the stresses of Christmas by owning your Christmas and driving it as you want to.
Leaving things to chance, or having to fit in with other peoples plans because you haven’t finalised yours yet will just lead to a headache.
You know that it’s going to be a stress, and you know that there will be issues – you may well know up front where some of the sticking points will be.
There’s no other time of the year that has such pressure on everyone being happy, social and fun for a few days in a row.
It shouldn’t be difficult – but it can be.
To help you take back control a little, I want to look at the seven most stressful things that came up time and again: –
- Preparations for Christmas
- Decorating the house
- Affording anything
- Shopping and queues
- Keeping everyone happy
- Merging traditions
I want to go through each one in turn, giving you some ideas on how to overcome that stress, and I really hope they help to make your Christmas as enjoyable as you can make it this year!
Let’s get going, shall we!