Let's all work hard to keep this Christmas calm. My favourite barista yesterday told me that even her favourite friendly customers get really grumpy at this time of year and so she talks less to them so she doesn't get her head snapped off.
We can do this; we can do Christmas in a calm way. There's no need to get stressed and snap at others around us, especially our favourite barista!
Take time out for yourself.
Relax. Breathe. Do a lot of deep breathing and keep calming yourself. Meditate. Live in the moment of mindfulness. Plan, plan, plan. Create as many to-do lists as it takes and do as many things as you can on your to-do list. If you are wiped out, walk away. Take a break from it all.
If you do snap at someone, then apologise as soon as you can. Don't leave it hanging out there. Many relationships break up at Christmas and they don't have to. I work with a lot of couples doing couples coaching and often it is a misunderstanding (or many) that lead to the great divide and then separation. Talk things through. Saying "I love you" goes a long way. Be sincere on that.
Take extra good care of yourself this month. A lot of people are relying on us to pull off a lot of magic. But you can only do your best. Just remember if something goes wrong with the Christmas dinner - so what. It happens. It won't be the end of the world and you will have many more Christmas dinners to look forward to.