It’s that time of year again where you can’t go in to a shop without hearing Mariah Carey belting out what she wants for Christmas or Cliff Richard telling us it’s the time for rejoicing. For some, this time of year is magical, filled with happy memories of childhood and of new memory making with family and friends. For many though this time of year is filled with loneliness, dread and sadness.
The media and retail companies promote Christmas as a wonderful holiday with adverts depicting happy families gathered around the dinner table or the tree opening endless amounts of presents. However, the reality of Christmas can be very different for some.
Families can often be fraught with underlying issues and dysfunctional dynamics that don’t make for the wonderful image we often see on the John Lewis or Marks and Spencer’s adverts. Christmas can also be a stark reminder that loved ones are no longer here, when there is one less place at the dinner table. It can be a time where we realise how few meaningful connections we have in our lives when we’re left wondering where we can spend Christmas day and parents often feel the pressure to buy their children the latest toy when they just don’t have the finances to do so.
So if any of these resonate for you here are some tips that might help you to make it through the day.
12 tips for surviving Christmas day
If it feels like it will be impossible to enjoy the day, remember it is only one day and you can get through it.
For anyone who feels in crisis on Christmas day here are some helpful numbers you can contact for support and a listening ear.
Samaritans 116 123
Saneline 0300 304 7000