Christmas gives me anxiety.
There I said it.
I know Christmas is a magical time of year but the introvert in me just wants to chill out in my pjs with the cricket on in the background while I read books or read Bollywood gossip forums.
There’s just way too much happening at this time of year for me.
The shopping centers are insane at this time of year. The dramas in the car park lots are enough to make me shop online or to walk to the mall during lunch breaks.
And then all the work events. Christmas parties. Team lunches. Department celebrations. All that jazz.
Then even at home, having visitors from interstate and overseas. And having my social calendar full and committed to BBQs and even more dinner parties and family gathering. And since I’m married we have social commitments from both sides of the family.
I’m not sure why I’m like this. I think the excessive alcohol at this time of year makes me nervous. I love a social drink as much as the next person, but there is always someone at these gatherings that don’t quite know their limit and spoil it for others. I’m always on edge at these parties.
The small talk and meeting so many new people is terrifying too.
A few years ago we threw a party for my dad and invited 70 odd people over and I was dreading the whole thing. So many people. Most of them dad’s friends. Too much alcohol floating around. That’s what was going through my mind. When the actual event came, I ended up having so much fun. We danced the night away and the night was over before I knew it. And dad had a great time as well.
It doesn’t have to always be bad, even if I over-think it into something else.
The one good thing that I know for certain? It all comes to an end.
How do you guys cope with Christmas? I’d love to hear your tips for surviving the silly season.