If you are a diner, offer to help even if you are one of the “can’t cook, won’t cook” brigade you can do dishes right? It is meant to be a day for sharing not just taking.
If you are driving be careful, Christmas dinner might have sauces laced with alcohol, sherry trifle and heavily marinated Christmas cake combined with a glass or two pre, post and after dinner can have a devastating effect. One “gift” you don’t need today is points on your license or a ban. Give the booze a miss and wait till you get home. If you are the host be understanding, don’t see someone saying no to a glass or another glass as a rejection of your hospitality.
This might be the only time that you spend in the year with all your family, some you love to bits others you might only tolerate. Don’t get drawn into arguments that you will only spend a year regretting and that will add to the stress of next year by imagining the worst. Remember, none of us know how long we have on the earth and this might be the last time you see these people. So cherish the time you spend with loved ones today.
One last piece of advice enjoy the day, Christmas day is almost surreal, it is a day unlike any other. Can you imagine an alien visiting your home today, they would get a very false picture of what life for human beings is like. In some ways that is a good thing it is the special and uniqueness of Christmas. However, think of the craziness and stresses that abound and you just know that isn’t such a good thing.
Finally, spare a thought for those who won’t have such a special Christmas. The lonely, I mentioned yesterday why not take a moment to go and see a lonely neighbour and wish them a Merry Christmas, see that they are alright, it could be the greatest gift you will give today. Spare a thought for those who will not be stuffed today, the stomach pains they will have are for hunger, think of the homeless and hungry, see how fortunate you are. But also spare a thought for those who will be working today, enabling us to have this time. Doctors, nurses, police, firemen, security operatives to name but a few who will be working hard and who will find it difficult because they will be wishing they could be enjoying time with their friends and family. Maybe you know someone in that boat, why not give them a quick call or send them a text or message them on Face Book to wish them a Merry Christmas and to thank them, most workers at Christmas are taken for granted, show them the appreciation they deserve.