Ditch the festive mayhem and stress | Agony Aunt

FESTIVE STRESS: Agony Aunt says her mailbox was full of letters from readers who were fed up with the Christmas stress.
FESTIVE STRESS: Agony Aunt says her mailbox was full of letters from readers who were fed up with the Christmas stress.

Dear Aunty,

Well the season is over and once again absolute mayhem was the order of the day in my home.

Nobody wanting to really help unless it was a plum job, kids out of control screaming and being allowed to behave thus, and arguments over who said what and when and if.

The day drove me absolutely crazy and I really think I can do without the stress at my age.

I am 78 years old this year and just don't need it.

I think I have made my mind up but am unsure how to break the news to one and all without starting World War Three.

Any thoughts on how to deliver the news please?

Anonymous

AGONY AUNT

Welcome to 2020 everyone.

You would probably not be surprised to know that the mailbox was full of letters very much like yours.

It is not surprising that there was a national trend for smaller Christmas gatherings, a lot of people forgoing the big family get together.

I reckon that no matter how you deliver your verdict, there will be those who take exception to it and therefore you, whilst others may quietly accept your decision and move on.

I wouldn't let any of that worry you.

At 78 years old you can do what you damn well please and if they don't like it they may want to look towards a mirror and ask what they may have done better to help you in the past.

Whatever you decide make sure you go forward this year not dreading the festive season.

AA

BOYS CLUB

Tell them all straight, you have had enough.

Christmas is overrated anyway.

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