It’s the most wonderful time of the year but Christmas can be demanding and stressful and keeping your cool can be tough.
While we are expected to have a heart warming, joyful time with the ones we love, the reality is, holiday gatherings can be hard work.
We have had a look at how you can make the most of the festivities without things falling apart.
Make a List
Whatever you do, make a list and check it twice. You’ll be glad you did.
First of all, you can’t go to everything. Christmas Day and Boxing Day are loaded with demands, extended families add pressure and if you have stepfamily it can be even harder. Decide what you can do, how you can please as many people as possible but remember you need a rest too.
Resist an Argument
Bickering and arguments do happen at Christmas, but count to ten and keep your cool and you’ll come out the bigger person. It takes a second to blurt mean things out but this can hurt feelings and take a long time to mend.
Watch the Booze
You might be tempted to knock back every drink going, but that probably isn’t the best way to get through the festivities. Stick to one drink, alternate with water and remember to eat something or things could get very messy.
Secret Santa Rules
If a Secret Santa has been organised, then take part in the fun, otherwise someone will leave empty-handed and you’ll be branded a misery.
Social Media Rules
After a glass or two of wine it might seem like a good idea to put photos of your dad on Facebook as he sleeps on the sofa, but he might not be impressed the next day. Put pic’s up of you and your friends but this isn’t an opportunity to make people look silly!
This isn’t a time for gossiping or backstabbing, instead, enjoy time with your nearest and dearest, catch up on what’s been happening with them and realise the good stuff in your life.
Whether it’s a walk with the dog, a run around the park with your nieces or a bike ride, getting outside and filling your lungs with fresh air will do you the world of good.
Have a Spare
Boxes of chocolates, wrapping paper, Champagne, Sellotape, mobile phone chargers, loo rolls, batteries and gravy are all part of Christmas but be wise and have spares just in case you are found in a tight spot.
Get the Timing Right
Check when guests are arriving, set the timer for the turkey and make sure your online shop is really booked or it could be bacon sandwiches for Christmas dinner.
If you must watch TV, check what everyone would like to see, don’t argue over the remote and remember that most things can be found on catch-up of DVD, so it isn’t worth a fight.
Say Thank You
It is amazing how much time and effort, as well as money, goes into organising Christmas so make sure you say thank you and show your appreciation to hosts and anyone who gives you a gift.
Don’t Drink and Drive
This is as old as we sometimes feel, but don’t drink and drive this Christmas as it could put you and others in danger. Call a cab or sleep on a sofa but don’t risk a life for the sake of a few quid.
Whatever you do this Christmas, have fun, enjoy and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do.