What you need to know about… surviving Christmas
Our quick quiz reveals how to handle all those festive challenges and still come out smiling
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’*.