Any tips to deal with the pressures of Xmas?

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      Posted 23rd Nov
      I usually get a bit overwhelmed by it all.
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      Don’t get caught up in it all. I just put some lights up on the house and mrs puts up the tree and a few ornaments. That’s it really.

      Presents - for anyone that doesn’t live nearby (about half the family) they get vouchers or a cheap food/sweet hamper.

      I donate to food bank instead of giving Christmas cards at work.

      I make sure that Christmas Day is the beginning and end of Christmas.
      Edited by: "deleted1471098" 23rd Nov
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      Become Jewish or Moslem
      mccririck23/11/2019 17:22

      I don't really do religion.


      Then Happy Xmas ...and everything that comes with it!
      Edited by: "Gollywood" 23rd Nov
      Just do your own thing Its only a couple of days Then back to normal x
      Just get everyone Amazon gift vouchers, they'll get what the want, maybe even s supermarket gift voucher (they can buy some nice food) and wait for the sales!
      Depends on what these pressures are, are they financial, time, cooking, relatives...., horses for courses.
      esar23/11/2019 17:33

      Just get everyone Amazon gift vouchers, they'll get what the want, maybe …Just get everyone Amazon gift vouchers, they'll get what the want, maybe even s supermarket gift voucher (they can buy some nice food) and wait for the sales!


      Jeremy Corbyn would love one of those.
      Buy presents throughout the year whenever you find a deal.
      mccririck23/11/2019 17:22

      I don't really do religion.



      Neither do Christians now. It's all so commercialised.
      fanpages23/11/2019 17:41

      Neither do Christians now. It's all so commercialised.


      I think it would be ok if I didn't have two kids with their birthdays both in December, too!
      mccririck23/11/2019 17:42

      I think it would be ok if I didn't have two kids with their birthdays both …I think it would be ok if I didn't have two kids with their birthdays both in December, too!


      Do you celebrate Easter or avoid that too?

      Either way, once your kids are past the age where they make greetings cards for their parents at school, you can wind-down the festivities at Christmas.

      Ask them how they would prefer to spend the week or two. If your negativity/anxiety about the period is evident, they may well dislike the idea of the festival as well.
      Don’t get swept along with the Jones’s.
      You say you’ve got 2 kids, what kind of ages are they?
      Under 4, there is no pressure, it’s self inflicted, I know as a parent of 2 myself.
      Over 4 peers get involved but even up to 6 it’s all manageable.
      6-8 needs a bit of subtlety.
      9+ manage the expectations and realities of Christmas.

      Birthdays in Dec make it harder but try and differentiate celebrations. Make Birthdays about the individual and Christmas a family sharing event.
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      Don’t get caught up in it all. I just put some lights up on the house and mrs puts up the tree and a few ornaments. That’s it really.

      Presents - for anyone that doesn’t live nearby (about half the family) they get vouchers or a cheap food/sweet hamper.

      I donate to food bank instead of giving Christmas cards at work.

      I make sure that Christmas Day is the beginning and end of Christmas.
      Edited by: "deleted1471098" 23rd Nov
      Gollywood23/11/2019 17:23

      Then Happy Xmas ...and everything that comes with it!


      Classic
      _Whatever_23/11/2019 17:39

      Buy presents throughout the year whenever you find a deal.


      Recommend any decent websites for that sort of thing?
      Go up to the mountains.
      Don't spend more than you can afford, it's not worth getting into debt over.
      Choose experiences over gifts. Don't buy unnecessary little gifts which will be forgotten about a week after Christmas.
      Tell everyone your going away , close curtains, phone to voicemail. binge on Netflix.
      My motto is not to worry. It always comes together. Think of how you probably felt the same last year and before that. And you did it. You got through it and I’m sure everyone was happy and grateful. Same this year. I don’t worry no more it always comes together and everyone is always happy. I hope. Xxx
      I'm not big on christmas. Family get £20 each. Few friends get presents but nothing huge. My son gets stocking fillers and we go on a city break together instead. our budget is £200 and this year I have found 5 days to budapest for £191. Food And all that I don't see the point of. Yeah a nice meal but why turkey? I don't even like it. No point of stressing, it's only one day.
      I hate what Christmas for what it has become.
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      discozohan23/11/2019 18:15

      Tell everyone your going away , close curtains, phone to voicemail. binge …Tell everyone your going away , close curtains, phone to voicemail. binge on Netflix.


      And chill. 🤪😜
      Find a family who could do with some help and buy them all a gift, take your kids and give them their pressies the week before Xmas..see their faces light up and you'll feel better immediately
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