How to survive the C word – stop rushing around and lower expectations

Christmas can be a tricky time of year for many families for many reasons

Happy families: What is important is that everyone is feeling relaxed and enjoying themselves. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and stress by expecting everyone to co-operate

Happy families: What is important is that everyone is feeling relaxed and enjoying themselves. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and stress by expecting everyone to co-operate

There’s the picture-perfect Christmas tree, the sumptuous family dinners, the smiling extended family in matching Christmassy jumpers, the buzzing parties and the mountains of presents. We’re bombarded with these images for weeks before the big day but for many people, mentioning the C word fills them with dread.

Christmas can be a tricky time of year for many families for many reasons. It can be the first Christmas since a bereavement or separation, it can increase the pressure on rocky family or intimate relationships and cause financial worries for cash-strapped families.

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