1. Plan ahead
Plan, plan and plan some more. If you’re hosting give yourself a general plan of eating times and write out your dinner cooking times. If you’re visiting all the family, give yourself a set route and times so that you don’t get stuck with the in-laws and actually end up missing the cousins who do the best mulled wine.
It could even be worth planning some kind of vague answers to your grandparents 100th question of ‘hows the love life?’ and ‘when will I be a great-grandad?’ even though you’ve been single for 3 years.
However frustrating your family are being – they’re harmless (most of the time) so take time to breathe and try to take time to think how you would react to your mum’s faffing if it was your best mate’s mum. It helps. Believe me.
3. Ask for help
If you’ve got to turn the roasties; answer the door; get Aunt Muriel a top up of brandy and stop the twins taking each other’s heads off all at the same time, then get the rest of the family involved. Throw away your inner control freak and take some of the weight off.
4. Everything in moderation
Getting smashed at Christmas dinner is never the best idea – you’ll either end up falling off your chair and taking dinner with you or telling your uncle what you really think of his Christmas tie. Try to stick to a happy-tipsy-medium and keep hydrated. You’ll thank us the next morning.
5. Enjoy the day and remember – you aren’t Santa!
If something doesn’t go the way that you expect on Christmas Day, shrug it off and carry on – what’s the worst that can happen? You can’t always create a Christmas miracle, so enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!