How many time's has your family got into an argument at christmas? How many time's do you wish that you could just have a good christmas without the fight's? How stressful do you find last minute christmas shopping, or christmas shopping at all? How stressful is your christmas???
Chances are, you like christmas, but sometime's you think it really sucks the big one and don't we all!? When you are pratically forced to meet up with relative's that you don't get on with, are so stressed you feel like getting rid of christmas once and for all, or just don't feel in the festive spirit but everyone else is, it's normal to want to strangle the nearest blow up santa!
So what can you do to ease the stress and have a relatively enjoyable christmas?
First of all remember it is only one day out of the year! And the pre christmas stress? Soon be forgotten come boxing day.
Second, if you need to talk then do it. I know that you might feel like it will ruin someone's christmas but if it is ruining your christmas by not talking, that's just not good enough. If you cant talk to someone face to face, call a helpline.
Try to take some time out for your self. Go shopping for your christmas present to yourself! Read a book, watch a dvd, catch up with a friend etc.
Take one day, just one, to forget that it's christmas. Pretend it's your average day and just forget about it all. Stay away from the chrismas tree and the shops though!
Remember the true meaning of christmas. Go spend the day with a young child and sing carols and read stories, donate to a charity, go wish someone who you havent seen for ages a merry christmas, pretend your young again and go shake those presents under the tree! Go sit on santas knee! Steal a candy cane of the tree! Laugh! Be excited!
Remember it is ok to feel like crap. You can't feel great the whole time. Maybe you just need to spend half an hour where you act like a grinch or plot to burn down the tree or destroy christmas! Write, draw or whatever you want to do but get those plans out there and make sure you stomp around and say bah humbug! You can express yourself but you dont have to act on it!
And finally, if you have an mp3 player or something, plug it in and turn it up! Drown out the world! But not too long otherwise you could go deaf...
I wish everyone a very safe and merry christmas!!!!!
Happy holidays and take it easy!