What you need to know about… sur­viv­ing Christ­mas

Our quick quiz re­veals how to han­dle all those fes­tive chal­lenges and still come out smil­ing

Woman's Own - - HELLO & WELCOME -

You can’t al­ways con­trol what hap­pens, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas, but you can con­trol how you re­act. Your cop­ing style is of­ten down to past ex­pe­ri­ence – if you’ve been through dif­fi­cult times and come out the other side, you’ll know you can cope when life gets tough. But for an ex­tra help­ing hand, dis­cover our top tips to en­joy a fab­u­lous fes­tive sea­son. 1 It’s Christ­mas morn­ing and your oven has bro­ken. You have guests ar­riv­ing soon. What do you do? A Cry. You’re ter­ri­fied about what else can go wrong. B Your neigh­bours are away and you have their keys – you’ll use their oven, prob­lem solved. C Laugh. Take­away it is, then.

2 Your son has said he won’t be com­ing for Christ­mas – he’s tak­ing the grand­kids ski­ing in­stead. What do you do? A Say it’s OK, but in­side feel dev­as­tated. B Beg him not to – Christ­mas is about fam­ily. C Use it as an op­por­tu­nity to go away your­self. 3 Your brother has ar­rived with his new girl­friend and her kids in tow. You’re not pre­pared for the ex­tra guests. How do you re­act? A Take him to one side and say they have to leave. B Set the kids to work help­ing to set new places for din­ner – they love get­ting in­volved. C Say it’s OK, but call your brother later and have a go at him. 4 You’ve been ca­joled into host­ing a fes­tive party at your house. What do you do? A Make a to-do list and work through the tasks. B Treat your­self to a spa day – you need the re­lax­ation, af­ter all. C Moan to your friends, mak­ing it clear you’re not happy.

5 You’ve had to un­ex­pect­edly pay out for a new car, and your credit cards are maxed-out. But Christ­mas is al­ways an ex­pen­sive time of year – what do you do? A Feel sick – how will you man­age? The anx­i­ety dis­rupts your sleep. B Sit down with your part­ner and make a new bud­get. C Don’t think about it – to­mor­row’s an­other day.

6 You can’t find the dream toy your grand­daugh­ter has asked for in the shops. What do you do? A Buy her some­thing else, but spend ex­tra to make up for it. B Panic and look on ebay. Then buy one for lots more than the ask­ing price. C Ex­plain to her that you’ll go on a spe­cial shop­ping trip in Jan­uary to find one. 7 Your sis­ter gets drunk, cranks up the mu­sic and starts danc­ing around the room dur­ing din­ner. What hap­pens next? A You make her a strong cof­fee, but then join her on the dance floor. B You take the fuse out of the stereo. She’ll get the point, but with­out a row in front of all the guests. C You scream at her, and vow never to in­vite her again.

20% Al­most say they of Brits Christ­mas feel ‘com­pletely is over­whelm­ing’*.

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