Whilst Christmas is a happy time for many people, there are lots of others who find it a miserable time of the year. We at Chrysalis Courses wanted to find out why? Well once you remove the religious element, what is Christmas all about? For many it is about spending time with family, present and parties. All things that some people find it difficult to deal with.
Some people struggle with the social side of Christmas and for others it is the pressure to spend lots of money on gifts for people. This can add even more angst with people having to spend a good percentage of the next year struggling to pay this money off.
There are things that people can do to help themselves, the first one being learning to say ‘No’. It is ok to say no, to state that you don’t want to spent time with people who you would rather not. It is acceptable, perhaps even more these days, to say to people that you are only buying for your immediate family.
Even then you can look at ways to minimise some of your costs. Why not go for a mix of gifts this year? Buy one or 2 things that people want and then add in gifts that are items people need, new toothbrushes, special flannels, new pj’s etc. Whilst some people might find this boring, the main aim of Christmas is time spent with the people you care about rather than the spending a fortune on gifts that are often of short term interest.
Of course, you can always save your money and spend it in the sales! There is nothing like a child being able to choose what they want and spend their own money to get something.
There are website out there that offer you the chance to swap your unwanted toys with someone else’s. Most children (young ones anyway) don’t really appreciate the difference between new and used anyway.
Do a bit of research and you will realise that a) you are not alone in your feelings and b) Christmas doesn’t have to cost a fortune.