We all love Christmas, it’s a wondeful chance to catch up with family, eat and drink too much and hope Santa doesn’t forget you.
Okay let’s remember that not one of us on this planet is ‘perfect’. So let’s accept sadly Christmas may not be picture perfect. Please don’t fret about dinner being late, Aunt Maud being non-pc or get stressed because you can’t watch your favourite programme. See the thing is with Christmas, it is imperative that we ‘give’, I don’t mean presents but give up our favourite place on the sofa because Granny needs it, or not play on the x-box because you have to be in the family room. You’ll be more likely playing Monopoly or Scrabble and yes you most likely will enjoy it.
Christmas is about sharing of the event that makes Christmas and that might mean making tea for everyone, or helping lay the table. You’ll get plenty of brownie points. Christmas takes a lot of work and preparation and by Christmas Day most parents are exhausted so if you can help, please do.
Many accidents happen at Christmas so here’s my tips:
- Be very careful of candles, place them up high away from children, pets, decorations and draughts. Turn off your tree lights before going to bed.
- If out for a drink, don’t EVER leave your drink unattended. Keep it in your hand or ask a friend to hold it for you. Don’t get so drunk you don’t know what you are doing, alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water. If under pressure by your friends, when it is your turn to buy the drinks, order a tonic instead of vodka and tonic they won’t know!
- Be very careful, never have sex without a condom unless you are trying to get pregnant. Condoms also help to protect against STD’s.
- Don’t drink or drive, always plan your way home before you go out. Keep safe your phone, keys and money.
- Be kind to your family, ignore little ‘digs’ if you can and make sure you enjoy this special day.
- There is no need to be lonely, if you don’t have anywhere to go, invite others over to your house. If the thought of Christmas is too much if you are grieving and you can’t wait for it to be over, then why not consider volunteering and helping the homeless.
- Try not to be put on Facebook that you’ve gone to the Bahamas for Christmas, everyone will know your house is empty! Now go and enjoy the festivities.
Love Lana x