The holidays become a pressure cooker of old disappointments caused by a year on year failure in trying tolive up to the fairy tale ideal of playing happy families with the husband or wife, the children, in-laws, the step children....
The financial cost can be crippling. The emotional cost even more costly. All the work is often left to the same people who end up feeling frazzled, tired and taken for granted.
And if that isn’t enough there are holidays where there is an even greater sense of dread because finding, buying and wrapping presents that people will like on your budget seems impossible.
Then there is all the food shopping and catering. This is tricky as you don’t know if you are catering for the hoards or just the two of you because no one is making a decision and you don’t want to start a family row.
Add the fact that you are working and don’t have enough time to do everything normally. It is no wonder that people go into overwhelm! Or perhaps you are dreading the holidays because you are facing them on your own and hate the thought of being lonely.
Whatever your situation in this series I’ll be sharing with you the approach and techniques I use myself and with clients to help manage the family holidays whether they are Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukah,Ramadanor any other major family celebration.
So, if your whole holiday is taken up with shopping, cooking, hosting and clearing up.
No sooner than you have the house straight it is time to go back to work. If you dread the family arguments, especially when these are fuelled by alcohol and close proximity.
If you find the pressure of your children’s expectations for expensive presents difficult to manage. If you wonder how you are going to manage to pay the bills in January .
If in the past you find yourself under huge pressure and struggle with the workload the holidays with the family creates. If long after the holidays are over you are left struggling with disappointments, damaged relationships
and a shed load of debt.
It’s time to find a different way so you can look forward to enjoying the holidays.