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Avoid the Christmas Meltdown

Media Release 11 December, 2007

Avoid the Christmas Meltdown

As the Christmas rush moves up a notch, Relationship Services is reminding people that a few simple steps can make Christmas more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.

“Christmas is a time when relationships can be under enormous strain. People get very tired and often drink more. We might end up saying or doing things that we wouldn’t normally. The reality of Christmas is often very different from the picture we grow up with,” said Jeff Sanders, Relationship Services Chief Executive.

“Think about what is really important, and be realistic about what is achievable. Christmas is no fun for anyone if people are exhausted.”

“Quite simple ideas can make a huge difference to whether Christmas is a fun time or something to be endured,” said Mr Sanders. “Things like planning a tactful way to leave a social function if things get stressful, and making sure you plan some time just for yourself this holiday.”

Relationship Services’ web site,, has tips and ideas to make Christmas more manageable and enjoyable for everyone, no matter what their situation.

“Clients tell us how hard it can be to manage competing expectations from partners, friends and family at this time of year.”

“We know it is a particularly difficult time for those parents who have recently separated. Our website has some really good ideas for planning Christmas when parents live separately,” said Mr Sanders.

“There is no set formula, what’s important is that parents step back from their own needs and really and truly consider what will work for their children.”

Relationship Services:
0800 735 283


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