Ten Ways To Get Through Christmas - or maybe not!!
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Christmas is an expensive time for everyone so set yourself a budget and stick to it. Accept that being a good parent or being a good and loving partner doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. It is the thought that matters and if they don’t like the ‘thought’ then they aren’t worth it so leave them. That goes for the children too!
If your child says ‘I can’t live without it’ or ‘I really need it’ with reference to a wii game or something similar, they are lying so ignore them!
Hosting Christmas can sometimes feel like a bit of a burden, especially if you're cooking dinner. So to reduce stress get invited to someone else’s and leave before it is time to do the washing up.
Look after yourself! If you're feeling stressed, you're not going to have a good time. Make sure that you feel relaxed by having a drink and falling asleep on the sofa just before dinner is served.
If the Christmas celebrations are at your house don't be afraid to ask for help, if you delegate properly you will have next to nothing to do
If you're getting a touch of cabin fever and your family is getting on your nerves go for a walk to the pub. It is okay to take the children with you if there is an outside play area because you will be inside.
It's easy to underestimate how tired and excited children may get as Christmas day progresses and they may irritate the adults. So banish them to their bedroom nice and early. If they put up resistance tell them that if they are bad children Santa has to pass this way on his way back to the North Pole and he can always stop off and collect the presents, it is their choice!
You should try to eat and drink regularly to keep yourself hydrated and alert. Start the morning with a bucks fizz but don’t forget that keeping the fluid levels topped up constantly throughout the day is important. Don’t get seduced by the old wives tale about drinking plenty of water is good for you as in reality it dilutes the alcohol.
Don’t worry about over eating on Christmas Day and Boxing Day as you can combine a New Year healthy eating campaign with a detox programme from too much alcohol consumption over New Year. Obviously don’t get too upset with the knowledge that you make the same New Year’s resolution every year and it only lasts a week!
Although everyone dreams of the perfect family Christmas, try not to panic if it doesn't work out how you wanted. There is always another one in 12 months time!