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Like a Xmas Grinch

My supermarket stocks mince pies from October. Not everyone likes Christmas. This doesn’t mean that they are a Grinch (an anti-icon of Christmas) or an Ebenezer Scrooge. Many people try to avoid family get togethers or keep the in-laws at bay. I had a relative who volunteered in London, one Christmas, helping the homeless. Do you find Christmas stressful and emotionally challenging?


You’re not alone

One survey stated that 38% of people said their stress level increases during Christmas, as a result of a lack of time or money, the commercialism, gift-giving, and family gatherings.

The Xmas cheer drains away

Spare a thought for many retail workers, who can experience the worst in people. Some customers can be aggressive and shout at shop employees about out-of-stock items. Although many shoppers buy their Christmas presents online shopping, anyone waiting until Christmas Eve to buy Christmas presents, may lack consideration. Imagine the strain on workers in the big-name retailers who must work late, keeping unreasonable hours.

Transport staff must cope with the Christmas getaway, with some travellers worse for wear following last minute drinks, while other travellers are stressed and rude. On the other side, passengers are faced with sky-high fares from coach, train and flight companies making a killing bumping up seat prices.

Survival mode

The Christmas adverts and shop decorations arrive late October, so how can you survive the holiday season?

  • Give something back in the festive season, as it’s rewarding to support a local charity via money or volunteer to help a local care home or hospice.
  • Treat yourself by celebrating me-time rather than Christmas. Find gifts for you that make it a special time.
  • Remember it’s only 2-days and finishes after Boxing day; don’t get swamped.
  • Make plans in January or February to visit family and friends; avoiding the Christmas pressures.
  • Set limits for spending, eating, drinking, and partying, so you don’t feel guilty if wasting time and/or money.
  • Avoid trains and the rail network engineering over the holiday period.

Just say no

If you’re not up for attending parties and family functions, then decline them or make a quick appearance and leave. Over the Christmas holidays, there will be many moments that you will enjoy, even with your Grinch hat on.

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Date: 23 December 2019 by Max Robinson