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The Invercargill Eye - - A LENDING HAND -

Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner and for some this is a dif­fi­cult time of the year. The stresses and strains of the past year and the ex­pec­ta­tions that come with Christ­mas are of­ten just too much for peo­ple to han­dle. Whether they have money con­cerns or re­la­tion­ships that are strained, it all cul­mi­nates into a sit­u­a­tion they are none to keen to par­tic­i­pate in, much less look for­ward to.

Fam­ily vi­o­lence too es­ca­lates over this time of the year, with fam­ily mem­bers gath­ered in one place, it can of­ten cre­ate dishar­mony.

It is im­por­tant that you take all th­ese as­pects into con­sid­er­a­tion when plan­ning how you will spend Christ­mas. Re­mem­ber too that Christ­mas is about spend­ing qual­ity time with the ones you love. It needn’t be about gift giving at all.

There are also those who will be spend­ing the fes­tive sea­son alone and it is im­por­tant that they are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. If you have an elderly neigh­bour or per­haps a per­son who lives alone with no fam­ily about, in­vite them over for lunch with your fam­ily or if that doesn’t suit, sim­ply stop in for a chat just to check up on them and see how they are do­ing. You could even spend an af­ter­noon in the kitchen with the chil­dren bak­ing some Christ­mas treats.

If you or any­one you know is feel­ing the bur­den of Christ­mas or not cop­ing with other as­pects of their life, there are peo­ple to help. Con­tact the ad­ver­tis­ers on this page for more in­for­ma­tion, they will be happy to help in any­way they can.

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