The last two years I have found Christmas exceptionally stressful. In 2015 my Mum was having chemotherapy as we undertook an exasperating house purchase finally moving in on the 18th of December. Last year was nowhere near as traumatic but I’d say spending November and December decorating and clearing the house to accommodate 12 overnight guests was hardly a barrel of laughs. We were shattered by the time Christmas rolled round and my eyes still water and with all the hidden costs of hosting – new bedding, towels, glasses and whatnot. It took a long time for the bank balance to recover!
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