You might not want to admit this just yet but the C-word is right around the corner. Yes, that’s right Christmas is almost upon us once again and it’s time to gear up and get ready for that most wonderful time of the year. Except if it’s not. Not everyone enjoys Christmas and for many good reasons.
You may find the expectation on you to get everything just right too much. You might find the season hard for historical reasons or because you feel lonely and isolated. It’s completely understandable. So we’re taking a look at what you can do to prepare yourself for Christmas. You’ve got time to make plans to get through the season but to do it your way. Let’s take a look at some great ideas for Christmas survival.
When You Feel Alone
Just because you’re not celebrating with others, there’s absolutely no reason not to treat yourself. Forget cooking for one day, bring home cold cuts, indulgent treats and nibbles and allow yourself a day of your favorite things.
If you choose to completely ignore the day itself, that’s completely up to you. Just enjoy some of the less romanticized Christmas movies and enjoy the chance to put your feet up and do some of your favorite hobbies, a puzzle, a good book, a walk – whatever you feel like doing.
If the reason for your isolation is because of distance to relatives or friends try to schedule a call with someone to break up the day and to reassure yourself that you’re not forgotten. You could also let people know you haven’t forgotten about them by sending out electronic Christmas cards. You might even find an open invite for lunch at a church or community group. While it takes courage to go along, it can certainly be rewarding and a great way to make new connections. Consider too letting people know you’re on your own. Don’t avoid the question when asked but rather accept the offer of a home cooked lunch and afternoon in the company of others if asked.
Maybe the opposite is true and you find yourself surrounded by people when it comes to Christmas celebrations with barely a moment to breathe.
Planning and delegating are going to be your friends. Finalize those Christmas gift ideas now and if you’re hosting get delegating. You might be supplying the bird and the vegetables but are you doing the first course and dessert? No, you are not. Your guests will be given the jobs of bringing along these parts of the meal. It’s easier for you and a way of thanking you for your hospitality.
Christmas can be tough, there seems to be so much riding on those few days. From loneliness to extreme busyness are often the two ends of the spectrum. For either situation work, be sure to start making plans that will reassure you can make it through. Treat yourself to time alone, your favorite foods and the chance to delegate at least some of the responsibility to others. Planning will help ensure your Christmas survival.