Style Magazine - - Opinion - BY LISA MACHIN, STYLE COLUM­NIST

Deck the halls with gum leaves, hang pine cones from the rafters. Take away the stress, bring back loads of laugh­ter!

Dear read­ers it is al­most that time of the year again. Christ­mas is on our doorstep.

And while I am an ad­vo­cate of the silly sea­son, it also looms for many of us on the hori­zon as a time of high stress and anx­i­ety.

First of all, it’s usu­ally a lot of peo­ple un­der one roof. Who are not nor­mally un­der said roof all to­gether.

That’s an in­stant recipe to test our nerves, tol­er­ance and dis­po­si­tions.

Why does your un­cle chew that loudly? Do your sis­ter’s chil­dren have to shoot wa­ter guns in the hall­way? Did there re­ally have to be three ver­sions of the same salad in a fridge al­ready short on space? It’s a test­ing time to say the least. But when you stop to think about it, it’s ac­tu­ally a priv­i­lege to be driven mad by your loved ones.

And it’s a priv­i­lege we may not al­ways be lucky enough to have.

So, this Christ­mas I chal­lenge you to find your zen.

Spike the punch, go for a walk around the block ev­ery hour, play your favourite song in the car be­fore you walk through the front door into all that mad­ness…. do what­ever you have to do to make sure you your­self are great com­pany.

Be­cause, at the end of the day, Christ­mas is all about cram­ming all the peo­ple we love into one fab­u­lous pres­sure cooker of chaos, food, sto­ries, love and drama. Happy Christ­mas ev­ery­one. This will be my last col­umn for Style Mag­a­zine, and it’s been a real plea­sure writ­ing for you over the past year.

Have a fan­tas­tic break and en­joy the many fu­ture edi­tions of Style Mag­a­zine to come!

My best, Lisa.

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