1. Presence is more important than presents.
You may want to agree in advance to take the pressure off this year and only buy gifts for children. If you do want to exchange gifts, you can agree a spending limit to avoid any unwanted “one-upmanship” or choose a comical, edible, or recycled theme.
2. Make meaningful moments.
Christmas is for connecting. Whether that is face to face, through cards, or virtually online. Create your own traditions. Play games. Use conversation starters for the dinner table, such as: “What’s your favorite movie/song?” Or, “Describe your best/worst Christmas,” etc. Make it fun and inclusive for everyone.
3. Stay calm and know how to handle stressful situations.
This time of year can get stressful with so many things to do and people to see.
4. Happiness comes from wanting what you have, not having what you want.
Your “annoying situation” could be someone else’s dream. Be grateful for what you have to appreciate it even more. The more you value something, the more valuable it becomes.
5. Focus on the outcome you want.
If you are going to spend time with people physically or virtually, focus on why you are doing it and what you want to get out of it. You always get more out of what you focus your attention on, so focus on the outcomes you want to achieve.