OPINION: Let's make Christmas stress-free
CALL me the Grinch, but I really don't enjoy Christmas as much as I did when I was little.
Not because I don't get presents from Santa anymore (why couldn't I have played along for just a few more years?), but because as an adult I see how utterly stressful the lead up to "our favourite" holiday is.
Already this year I have seen someone having a meltdown in the shops after they found out the item they wanted had been cleaned off the shelves.
On our roads, there have been at least three fairly major vehicle crashes in the past week. I'm not suggesting Christmas has anything to do with the circumstances of these incidents, but heavier traffic on the road at this time of year does equal an increased risk of collision.
Then there's people stressing over whether they have bought the right gifts, and what their bank account will look like after all the presents go under the tree.
A Salvation Army survey last year found one in four Australians worried about how they would cover Christmas expenses.
According to Relationships Australia, it is also the most likely time of the year for people to experience anxiety and depression, particularly those who are divorced or socially isolated.
It's just one day, and it's meant to be a happy one.
So why not do away with all the stressful elements and focus on what matters most - the people we spend it with?
SPOILER ALERT: Even the Grinch works that out in the end.