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How to deal with 7 major causes of Christmas stress…

A while back I asked on the Facebook page what was your biggest Christmas Stress – and the responses came back in their bucket load – thank you to everyone who replied.

It really seems that for a great many of us this can be a really stressful time of year, and I’m not surprised at how many responses I got, as Christmas has to be one of, if not the most, stressful parts of the calendar.

How to deal with stress this Christmas

Here are some of the responses I got – do you share any of them (or all….)?:-

  • Dealing with the mess when decorating and getting things sorted for the big day
  • Thinking of original presents that people will really love
  • Writing all the cards
  • The cost of posting parcels, and the post office queues
  • Finding the time to go shopping
  • The shopping queues
  • Affording everything – sticking to a budget
  • Ensuring the kids don’t change their mind at the last minute about what they want
  • Dealing with the new presents / finding space and not letting them add to clutter in the house
  • Trying to get the kids to part with old toys they no longer use
  • Family rifts – arguments during visits
  • Trying to visit everyone and make them happy as well as yourself and your family
  • Merging two sets of family traditions – especially when they clash
  • Trying to keep everyone happy
  • Cooking Christmas dinner
  • Forgetting someones present (an unexpected guest)



Basically, there’s not just one rule that fits here, I’m afraid to say.

The best answer I have as a starter though is you deal with the stresses of Christmas by owning your Christmas and driving it as you want to.

Leaving things to chance, or having to fit in with other peoples plans because you haven’t finalised yours yet will just lead to a headache.

You know that it’s going to be a stress, and you know that there will be issues – you may well know up front where some of the sticking points will be.

There’s no other time of the year that has such pressure on everyone being happy, social and fun for a few days in a row.

It shouldn’t be difficult – but it can be.

To help you take back control a little, I want to look at the seven most stressful things that came up time and again: –

  • Preparations for Christmas
  • Decorating the house
  • Affording anything
  • Presents
  • Shopping and queues
  • Keeping everyone happy
  • Merging traditions

Tips and advice on how to deal with all those things that have the potential to cause stress this Christmas - dealing with the stressers means you can enjoy yourself!

I want to go through each one in turn, giving you some ideas on how to overcome that stress, and I really hope they help to make your Christmas as enjoyable as you can make it this year!

Let’s get going, shall we!

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2 Responses to How to deal with 7 major causes of Christmas stress…

  1. Louise Gourpinar Dec 16, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Families are the biggest stress for us. It’s my mums birthday Christmas day which is always mentioned by my mother in law. Inevitably there is a rather upsetting family tradition of the huge Christmas row. I made this point recently to my husband that there is no getting away from it and it will happen anyway so we may as well do what we want and please ourselves. Too late this yr the row has happened but we have booked to go away next yr ?.

    • Chrissy @ Organise My House Dec 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

      Hi Louise – yes, Christmas can be stressful, especially with extra celebrations on one side of the family. I tend to agree with you that doing what makes you happy is important. Maybe start a new tradition of seeing family members on different days so that there is no need for arguments. If you start to go away for the holidays then why not do one Christmas before you go and one when you get back – best of all worlds!

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