This is one I thought prudent to leave until Christmas Eve, because IT’S CHRISTMAS! However, I know many don’t share my enthusiasm at all about the festive season, namely my family so thought I’d try to explore why..
For the Christmas lovers out there, there’s enthusiasm for all of the family to come together, decorations to be put up, presents to be purchased, cakes to be baked and general festivities including 16380 Christmas songs to be sung. This either sounds really appealing (to the Christmas lovers), or a nightmare.
Christmas is often entangled with stress. I need to get this, this and this… But what about Uncle Jim? There are 10 of us, so does that mean two turkeys? How long will they take to cook?.. You get my gist. There are what seems like a hundred-and-one things happening at once in the lead up to Christmas, in addition to your usual daily routine – which admittedly is stressful. The difference I believe though is in the outlook; whether you love or hate Christmas. If you hate Christmas, you end up not only resenting the build-up and preparations but also dreading the actual Christmas period and ultimately stressing out a whole lot more.
For me, Christmas is a time in which you can (once all of the mayhem; present purchasing/cooking is out of the way) enjoy yourself. You are surrounded by those who love you the most, you can indulge in food and Christmas film marathons all without any judgement AND It’s O.K. to eat that whole Terry’s chocolate orange for breakfast.
Once the decorations are up and the presents are under the tree everything seems magical. You’re able to allow yourself to go bananas with the tinsel and fairy lights, because when else can you? It’s the perfect time of year to reflect your individual tastes around the house – it’s a mini-make over for a short while. Additionally the hours you spent browsing potential presents all seems worth it, as you watch your loved one unwrap your present with sheer joy (usually).
Although, I understand that being ‘forced’ to spend quality family time with those you usually don’t can for many seem unappealing, remember they’re your family and blood is much thicker than water. So, try and embrace their quirks (often easier said than done, I know) and try and enjoy their company – they won’t be around forever.
Perhaps one of the only things I loathe about Christmas, is the time of year – the weather to be exact, in cold, miserable England. Then again, it’s not too difficult to hop on a plane after the festivities..
I hope you all have a lovely festive season,