Lone­li­ness Christmas Part 3

GIFT­ING GONE CRAZY?

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CELEB UPDATE -

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.

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