Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, however it can be a little stressful at times especially when you are expecting or already have a little tribe of your own! It’s often said that the festive season begins earlier every year, but the arrival of December really starts the Christmas countdown in earnest.
We love Christmas. It gives us the chance to spend lots of quality time with our favourite people, and it’s also a wonderful excuse to over-indulge in whatever takes your fancy whenever the opportunity arises.
There’s no denying that family Christmases can certainly be a testing time. Without wishing to sound like the Grinch, the sudden arrival of hordes of relatives for Christmas (as much as we all love them, yadda yadda) can certainly be pretty stressful.
That’s why, having given the matter much thought, we’ve assembled this quick guide to getting through your family Christmas in one piece.
1. Stay organised and avoid overburdening yourself
Like many things over Christmas, this is probably easier said than done. Nevertheless, the sooner you get organised, the better.
Work out what you need to do, and by when you need to do it – keep a diary filled with key dates close at hand throughout the Christmas period. Also, it is hugely important to avoid taking on too many responsibilities and commitments over Christmas, if you can.
You certainly shouldn’t feel like you’re under any obligation to attend every event somebody invites you to. You have enough to be getting on with already!
2. Get the kids involved!
From putting up the Christmas decorations to buying gifts for the rest of the family, your kids will be thrilled to be at the heart of your Christmas preparations – this also helps extend the magic of Christmas for even longer.
Make sure you have plenty of activities for them (for example, making homemade Christmas cards for friends and family, and mince pies for Santa) so that they can keep themselves occupied, and to channel some of those energies they’ve built up in anticipation of Christmas.
Granted, there’s always the risk of some bickering among the kids over Christmas, but through some careful mediation and care to ensure everyone’s participating equally, you can prevent this from getting out of hand.
3. Take the stress out of gift-giving
Buying presents at Christmas is quite possibly the most stress-inducing aspect of the whole thing, and has been known to be the cause of many a festive nightmare.
There are a few ways to make it easier, though. One top trick is to maintain a running wishlist of presents for your closest relatives – not just the kids, but brothers and sisters as well. Keep an attentive ear out for present ideas. Kids don’t usually hesitate to drop heavy hints about what they want from Santa, but your adult relatives are likely to be subtler about it.
Picking up gift ideas in this way is sure to impress, as it shows you’ve been paying close attention to what your family members have been saying – and this all helps to keep the peace.
Also, it might be worth buying some generic presents to keep in reserve, with some unfilled labels attached. That way, if you find yourself having to entertain more family members than you’d expected, you can quickly fill out a label and hand them one of these gifts (and then act like that it was your intention to do so all along).
4. Get everyone out of the house for a bit!
One of the biggest problems at Christmas – and one of the leading causes of tension – is that everyone finds themselves cooped up in an enclosed space for hours on end.
This is why it’s best to take some pre-emptive action. Instead of sitting around in front of the telly, why not get everybody out of the house and into the bracing Christmas air for a bit? One fun activity that the whole family (especially the kids) would love is to have a Christmas morning treasure hunt.
Getting the youngsters rifling around for additional Christmas goodies is a sure-fire way to help them burn off some of that excess energy, and it’s a lot of fun for the rest of the family as well.
The most important thing to remember, though, is to enjoy yourself and let yourself go a little – after all, that’s what Christmas is for. It only comes around once a year, and for all the finely-tuned preparations beforehand, it’ll be over before you know it. So enjoy it while it lasts!
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