Last Updated on: 8th December 2023, 10:44 am
The enchantment of the holiday season can sometimes be overshadowed by the stress of family gatherings. While these occasions are often filled with happiness and affection, they can also be marred by tensions and disputes. If you’re playing host to your family Christmas, or attending a large family event, the following practical tips are designed to help you navigate these potentially stressful situations.
A spokesperson from Psychic Network states: “We know that Christmas can be a busy and hectic time for some. Read our tips and advice on how to have an enjoyable and stress free family Christmas this year”.
- If you’re hosting, ask for help from family members with tasks like shopping or preparing the Christmas cake. It’s a great way to make them feel included and reduce your workload.
- Be Prepared: Approach the holiday season as you would an important event. Use checklists for shopping and preparing meals, and create meal plans to stick to your budget.
- Utilise Free Resources: For accommodating extra guests, seek out free chairs, decorations, or bedding on local sites like Freecycle.
Harmonise Family Dynamics
- Agree to set aside any lingering disagreements for the festive period and focus on the spirit of gratitude.
- Positive Engagement: Look through old photo albums, play fun games, and start new traditions to create a positive atmosphere.
- Manage Alcohol Intake: Keep a good selection of low-alcohol drinks to encourage moderate drinking among guests.
- With extended and blended families, it’s important to compromise, especially when it comes to making plans that involve children and teenagers.
- Adapt Routines: Be ready to alter your usual plans to accommodate various family needs.
- Involve Teenagers: Get teens involved by assigning them responsibilities like organising games or managing the Secret Santa.
- Take moments to unwind and destress. Whether it’s through music, a relaxing bath, or meditation, find ways to maintain your inner peace.
- Visualise a Joyful Christmas: Imagining a successful family gathering can set a positive tone for the actual event.
- Psychic Reading for Comfort: If you’re missing loved ones, a session with a medium can offer solace during the festive season.