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Are you looking forward to or dreading Christmas?

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Some people eagerly anticipate the arrival of Christmas, looking forward to all the joys of the season but others find it very stressful, worry about money for presents or awkward family situations and dread the arrival of Christmas. Are you looking forward to or dreading Christmas?

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I always used to be pretty ambivalent about Christmas - my family don't really celebrate it, so there's no stress there, it was just some time off work and a chance to relax. Then when I got married, I was introduced to a whole other world, as my In-Laws made Christmas into a huge production, emotions ran high and there were always arguments and recriminations flying around......... so I started dreading it!
Now, though things are different, as my son is old enough to anticipate and enjoy the approach of Christmas but still young enough for it all to seem magical and wonderful, so I am experiencing it through his eyes and really looking forward to Christmas this year!
Looking forward to everything, but the food, which I am dreading.
Why? Is it just too much of everything or do you not like the traditional meal?
I love Christmas food, but it always stresses me out because of the weight it is going to make me put on.
That's exactly how my mum feels too, so my parents tend not to have the full works on Christmas Day, just a special meal that isn't over the top! My weakness is mince pies....... I could eat my body weight and more in those!
Mince pies are one thing I've never been interested in. My weakness is stollen and Christmas pudding.
Well it's always been stressful for me, having to 'deliver'.
I have made mistakes some years...but if the money is not there?
What can I do!
I dread it....and each year now, I am cutting down.

It's not that I don't want to buy gifts, but it now is being scaled back.
I think I shall concentrate more on Birthdays, and be careful more at Christmas.It's way too much to try and 'gift' everyone at once.

Birthdays are just the one person on any given date!
Yes, when we write our present list for Christmas, it can be rather daunting! I've told my husband he is responsible for various people this year, as I find trying to think of presents for everyone is just too much. We have formed a new pact with my sister-in-law that we will only give presents to children now and not each other. That's quite a relief!
Exactly! I think we all need to cut back, the expense is just crazy.
by jonaja
I'm not really into Christmas. Luckily our kids are still small enough that there are no expectations there. Last year I dreaded Christmas as we had it at my partner's sister's house and I don't really enjoy staying with them. This year we are just staying up here - no travelling for the first Christmas in a while! and we will probably spend the day at my parent's place. There will be no pressure about presents or food. And the kids can just run around and play.
My family is like that too - we haven't given each other presents for years now and we don't feel the need to have the traditional enormous meal.... so it makes for a much more relaxed atmosphere and a chance to catch up! Much more pleasant I think.
I can't wait for Christmas this year :)
I'm a mixture!
At the moment, I'm looking forward to it. What I am not looking forward to is hitting the shops for presents.
by Vee
I do nearly all my shopping on line.... far less hassle! And quite a few websites now will wrap and deliver the presents direct to the recipient, which when they are in another country is particularly helpful!
That's great, but you must start buying early because of shipping times, yes?
by Vee
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