Loneliness Christmas Part 3
GIFTING GONE CRAZY?
There’s no two ways about it – Christmas can be a very punishing time on the wallet. Bills rack up, as well as the pressures of gift-giving, decorating, and entertaining family and friends. This financial stress can be overwhelming and is a significant driver of loneliness as it can cause people to isolate themselves.
“It’s certainly something to be aware of,” says Louise.
“For those who are on a tight budget, they may worry about being able to reciprocate when gift-giving, which can lead them to withdraw from gatherings. So be mindful if you’re having people over for Christmas – form a plan and communicate it well!” BUDGET-BUSTING GIFT PLAN
• Consider opening presents with your spouse or children separately in the morning, rather than doing it in front of other guests. Then, when you’re with the wider group, exchange homemade gifts, such as jam, bath salts or baking (Wendyl’s Green Goddess pages each week are a great place to find inspiration!). Ensure everyone knows that this time is for homemade gifts only.
• Communicate clearly what your expectations around gifts are well ahead of time to take away the awkwardness and worry on the day.
• Try a Secret Santa approach to presents – ahead of the big day, put everyone’s name in a hat and have each person draw out a name. Put a price limit on it, such as $25, to avoid stress.