Recommendations for a healthy, stress-free Christmas

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens encapsulated the Victorian Christmas with its themes of family, charity, goodwill, peace and happiness.  But we all know this time of year can be frantic and stressful as we try (and often fail) to make it perfect for everyone.

I asked the women in our Getting Fitter Over Fifty Group their recommendations for a healthy, stress-free Christmas, here are some of the things they said.

1.     Looking after yourself is as important as looking after everyone else

2.     Don’t invest in perfectionism

Do not judge yourself by whether your roast potatoes are as good as you think they should be!


3.     Keep it all about family and special friends

We have such a short time to spend with those we truly love

It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who is around it. 


4.     Don’t take it too seriously

It’s just one day, if the turkey is dry and you burn the sprouts, who cares?

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. 
Andy Rooney


5.     Take time out, go out, a coastal or forest walk (with a bacon butty) is good

6.     Feel confident to say no

Don’t bow to the pressure of driving here there and everywhere to please everyone

7.     Take a lesson from a Christmas tree

Be a light in the darkness.

We all fall over sometimes. 

You can never wear too much glitter. 

Bring joy to others. 

Sparkle and twinkle as often as possible. 

It’s okay to be a little tilted. 
Jane Lee Logan

8.     You are always good enough

And finally

Three Wise WOMEN would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, bought practical gifts, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and there would be peace on earth! 


Have a wonderful time whatever you do and whoever you are with! If all else fails Ellen’s out takes will make you smile.  I wanted to link Jennifer Saunders’ Christmas Tree sketch but the BBC have removed it from Youtube :-(