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The Benefits of Having a Quiet Christmas Posted: 16th December 2020

For many of us, this festive season will be different to those we have had in previous years. Whereas usually we spend the weeks in the run up to Christmas enjoying nights out, Christmas pantos, school performances, work do’s and more, this year it looks set to be a quiet Christmas. One good thing is that it’s a great chance to slow down, snuggle up and switch off – guilt free. Anxiety is commonplace this time of year as we find the season stressful, but with limits on what we can do and events cancelled, it could be a great time to switch off.

Time to reflect

From your loved ones and good health, to hope, peace, and joy, this could be a great time to reflect on what really matters and to count our blessings. Instead of dashing around the shops, we can spend it at home connecting with our friends and family even if it’s virtually.

Less pressure

This year there is less pressure to attend social events given that there aren’t any! From long family get-togethers to office parties, perhaps it’s a nice break to have an empty diary and next year you’ll be even more excited about going out with friends and family!  Research carried out by Mind revealed that over a quarter of us feel under pressure to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas and that, for 48% of those, it has turned into a seasonal mental health problem. Some people find this a difficult time of the year – it can be a time of financial worries or increased family conflict. What’s more, the pressure to achieve a ‘perfect’ Christmas can leave many physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted.


Lots of us purchase gifts for the sake of it – but try this year to support a local business who will be struggling, and only buy what you really need. You could even make your own presents – from mince pies, wreaths and hot chocolate kits to hampers. The Money Advice Trust revealed that a quarter of us feel pressured to spend money at Christmas and fall into financial difficulty in the new year.


You can still enjoy some online events even though we can’t attend them in person. There are several Carol concerts being streamed online and most Pantos have taken to streaming the performances live – so take a look at what’s on (with location no barrier this year!). You could even enjoy a museum visit in New York or London with the children.

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