Relationships at Christmas

Christmas dinner cartoon

We are fast approaching the time when, for thousands of years, we celebrate the short, cold days of winter by staying indoors with family and friends. We feast, play, offer gifts and reconnect. A good time should be had by all.

Whatever is going in our lives, it is never easy to switch into festive mode with everyone huddled around our table. With lives now being lived at a faster pace, and with the challenges we are all faced with it can sometimes be difficult to unwind and this can put quite a strain on Relationships. However, there are one or two things that you can do to avoid this.

  1. Be aware of what the festive season means to you.
  2. What do you want from it?
  3. Be realistic about your limits.
  4. Be realistic about your expectations
  5. Plan your time. Pace it.
    Share the chores – including cooking the feast!
  6. Whatever the weather, take time for yourself, get some fresh air, go for a walk.
  7. Take time to talk to your partner. Are you both OK?
  8. Remember to get some early nights with restful sleep.
  9. Stay within your financial limits.

Remember that in pre-Industrial Revolution days you were kept in check by natural restraints such as how good the autumn harvest has been. Post-war you were rationed but still able to enjoy the few things that you could have.
Have a really good time, keep things in perspective and do things in moderation.