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How to Have a Harmonious Family Christmas

How to Have a Harmonious Family Christmas

We all look forward to Christmas, to the chance to catch up with friends and family, to share good food, to sit beside warm fires, and to enjoy a well-deserved break from our hectic schedules. Often, however, the longed for harmony and bonhomie doesn’t last. The lack of light in December means many of us suffer bouts of low mood, and the demands made on us socially and at work mean that, by the time we get to Christmas itself, we’re feeling tired and grumpy—and often anything but sociable! So how can you rescue this situation? What can you do to ensure that...
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5 TIPS FOR DIVORCED AND BLENDED FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS

5 TIPS FOR DIVORCED AND BLENDED FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas is a notoriously difficult time for families who are no longer living together as a unit. Sometimes children go from one parent’s house to the other on the day; others take it in turns to spend Christmas day with their children; some celebrate on consecutive days with each parent; and there are some who get together for the day, even with new partners and children born post-the breakup. Whatever the way you decide to handle this situation, there is no doubt that it is complicated, and things can go badly wrong. In the run-up to the festive...
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Why Christmas Makes Me Really Anxious

Why Christmas Makes Me Really Anxious

Bing Crosby delicately sings that he’s dreaming of a Christmas that he used to know and for so many years, this longing for a reenactment of the past has kept me down. I’ve set myself up for a fall, over and over again. Christmas seemed like angels and gingerbread men dancing in my heart when I was a child. This is probably the most obvious statement I could make, of course Christmas was better when I was a joyful tot who hung on to Santa’s every word. My problem is that I haven’t been able to leave this in the past. Every year I gear myself up for the ‘perfect’...
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Should We Embrace Excess at Christmas?

Should We Embrace Excess at Christmas?

There are only 12 shopping days before Christmas, but I wonder if it’s time we all called time on the mad rush of thoughtless consumerism that seems to have overtaken the season. Confronted with heaps of packaged gifts, and adverts encouraging us to ‘buy , buy , buy’, the expressions that come to my mind as Christmas approaches are not ‘good cheer’ and 'merriness’ but   ‘enough’ and, ‘too much’. Before the Christmas turkey has even hit the table I’ve lost my appetite, overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of stuff. Yet these feelings aren’t straightforward....
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A Jewish Family Christmas

A Jewish Family Christmas

Going away to a secluded part of the Norfolk countryside for a week, with 12 members of your family, ranging from in age from nine to 90, may strike fear into the hearts of most normal folk. And yet, my family has insisted on making this a sadistic tradition for the past three years. I’m currently writing this amidst a storm of testosterone over a heated game of Risk. Family reputation is on the line here. And I find myself reluctantly pulled into conversations about football, as the only younger woman in a family of men: 3 male cousins, 2  brothers, and me. In the...
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