Posted on 22 December 2018
Ah, Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of year, when bells jingle, eggs nog and people dress up in fake beards and heavy red suits even though it’s the middle of a scorching Australian summer. But it’s also a time of inevitably awkward family get-togethers and an advent calendar full of work parties that can leave you dreading the very mention of December the 25th.
So here at Mr Men’s we’ve designed this handy dandy survival guide to help you navigate the trials and tribulations of the season. You can thank us later.
The Christmas season is a marathon, not a sprint. Repeat that to yourself over and over again. There’s nothing harder than getting through yet another Christmas function than doing it while still feeling the effects of the last one.
Pacing yourself also saves any risk of embarrassment. You don’t want to be that guy at the work party who goes too hard with the free booze only to wake up on top of the photocopier wondering where your shoes went.
Remember, slow and steady wins the race, or at least won’t make coming back into the office in the new year an extremely awkward affair.
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Set aside some time that’s just for you
From gatherings with friends and family, work Christmas events and the general hustle and bustle of the season it’s easy to get burnt out. Often during that time, we find ourselves doing things to make other people happy, and your calendar can start to fill up quickly as the invites roll in. Sure, that’s what the Christmas period is about, spending time with those near and dear to you, but it is still ok (and necessary) to be a little selfish here.
It can be easy to forget to slow down and set aside some time just for yourself. The important thing to remember here is making that time count, just doing ‘nothing’ with the family (like watching TV) doesn’t cut it. Whether you have half a day or half an hour, find something you can do that will relax you and help you to recharge. And stick to the time you’ve set aside, let your family and friends know that you’re taking it for yourself. If they need anything they can come to you afterwards. Unless it’s an emergency, like when grandma is unsupervised and gets into the good alcohol.
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Have an escape plan
We’ve all been there; that one relative that you only ever see at family gatherings and funerals spots you from across the room at the Chrissy lunch. Their eyes lock onto yours and you know you only have moments to escape. They begin to move across the room, powering around, under and over members of the extended family like a prop steaming across the rugby pitch.
You try and look for the exit but the door is blocked by that uncle who’s conversations always end up being a comprehensive breakdown of the failings of their favourite sporting team in the previous season, followed by ‘Now here’s what I would have done…’
It’s too late. They’ve made it across the room to you. You’re trapped, another in the long line of Christmas conversation casualties that will fall this year.
That is why it is imperative to have an escape plan, a quick way out that you can call on in any given situation. A good idea is taking on a job at the party; serving drinks, taking snacks or food around the room or helping to set up the dinner table or decorations, something that gives you a reason to keep leaving the room. Just make sure your plan doesn’t involve hurting the feelings of the relative you are trying to escape from. They’re still your family after all.
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Embrace the madness
When all is said and done, the Christmas period is quite a mad affair, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it altogether. Yes, it’s long, exhausting and a bit of a pain at times but there’s still plenty of festive fun to be had. While the points listed above will help you get through to the new year in one (relatively sane) piece, the best way to survive the silly season is to embrace it. Have some nice food, a couple of hard-earned drinks and a few laughs with friends, family and co-workers and before long you’ll find yourself looking forward to the next time the whole crazy carnival starts up again.
After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.
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Will Dunn completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) at the Victorian College of the Arts. He is currently trying to figure out how to make that degree useful.