This year I have had to face many “issues” of struggling with myself and my approach to things in life (including my children).

I have become very angry and have been to a darker place throughout the middle of this year – and I have come slowly and still are coming out the other side. With much help and assistance.

And in the lead up to Christmas we find so many stresses and influences. There are pressures to see everybody and make something fantastic, to get the right presents, to be fit and healthy…..and the list goes on.

Well this year I had to make a very big decision. I have decided to try and create a simple Christmas like it should be, with limited stress (because there is no chance of NO stress), and more family time for laughter and love. I decided instead of travelling for up to 4hrs going to many places on the day, we will stay home and get most of the food pre-ordered or catered so that its as simple as pulling it out the fridge and best of all our 3 young kids can have the experience of opening their presents and being able to play with them rather than having to take one and leave the rest home.

As lovely as it all sounds I know that some people have felt jilted by our decision to do this but this is just one year and rather than set myself up for a possible stressful day, I am now looking forward to a loving day with my husband and kids.

Posted anonymously, 30th November 2014

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  • decisions of christmas


  • Good for you. It’s a tough decision to leave family out at Christmas. But you’ve said, it’s just one year, and I’m sure you’ll all be better ofv because of it


  • decisions


  • the story is exellent


  • good for you! sometimes we do have to step back and just be in the moment and really live it!


  • Yep, a couple of years ago I jacked up and said our kids get Christmas at home (especially as we’re the only people in the family with little kids). Anyone who absolutely has to see us on the day can come to us. It’s great! So much calmer!


  • I think that is a beautiful idea. You are having a special day with your family. Enjoy Christmas. I hope the new year brings you much joy and happiness. It is very hard to overcome when you have been in a dark place.


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