What you can do with the family at Christmas

Ah Christmas, the perfect way to bookend the year with lots of family time.

Busy shopping street with Christmas lightsWhat’s that? It’s a stressful time full of unfulfilled expectations, expense, obligations and here’s really hoping we don’t have a white Christmas as that will mean we could all be stuck indoors with each other.

Well, there’s no doubt about it, Christmas can be stressful and expensive so what can you do to not only minimise the stress but enjoy it?

Make Christmas plans now

Include and involve the whole family in the plans and communicate them. A lot of fights with teens or young adults happen over Christmas because they want to spend time with their friends and either can’t, being far away from them and without transport or do end up staying out all the time, when they should be taking part in family events.

If everyone knows and agrees a plan in advance, about time spent with extended family, neighbours and friends then there will be less conflict when it comes to events.

Do spend quality time

It is a time to catch up with your son or daughter, just the two of you. It’s not all about events over Christmas, make sure to go for a few walks and talk about what is going on in their lives.

If money is tight

Money is always an issue at Christmas, and even if this is known there can still be expectations. The kind of presents teenagers and young adults want are getting more expensive, as the popular ones are ipads, playstations and phones.

Again this is one for now, work out what is reasonable budget together. Involving young people in the decision making process means less upset at having a scaled down Christmas.

Communication beforehand, along with involving your son or daughter in the plans and decisions means the time you do spend together should be enjoyable and stress-free.

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