Festive tunes raise my levels of stress

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I swear if I hear Jingle Bells one more time I might just have to throttle someone! Ever since my eldest daughter learned to play it on her recorder last year, it has been endlessly repeated on and off in our house.

When you are sitting outside under a baking hot sun (remember that time?!) the last thing you want to hear is about Santa and his blooming sleigh and Rudolph with his nose so bright.

But because you are so hell-bent on making sure your children stick at playing their musical instruments, you indulgently grin and bear it while telling the other half: “Well at least she’s playing something, dear.”

Finally December rolls around and she can legitimately play her favourite ditty. The only problem is she is not the only one by now.

The other night I had to suffer the almost unbearable torture of listening to endless children scratchily performing their musical instruments at the eldest’s school concert.

And guess which tune the majority seemed to plump for? Yes, that’s right – good old Jingle Bells! “Because it makes me feel Christmassy,” they chirped.

Well I just wish Santa would hurry up and get here, then hopefully that will be an end to it and I will start the new year off with a ban in place for any child who dares to try playing it out of season again!

It does all seem bonkers the stress levels that go up at Christmas time. I am sure Mary had no idea all those years ago just what the birth of her son would mean to the world in years to come.

There is no way she could have predicted the enormity of shopping that gets done; the heaps of presents; the endless decorations and cards not to mention the mountains of food that is bought. And all for one day.

I had my mother panicking the other day because I hadn’t given her a list ten weeks ago about what to buy my children.

My response: “Oh they’ll be happy with anything,” was met with a deep sigh, clearly that wasn’t helpful. “But I want them to have something they really want and I can’t not have them opening something nice from us on Christmas Day,” she chided.

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