1. Try to split the time up – lunch or tea?

You cannot be everywhere at the same time, so make it a point to split your day up, in the most stress-free way possible. Perhaps lunch at one family and tea at another?

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2. Remember there are other days during the holiday period

Issues arise when you have to catch up with your – and your spouse’s – extended family too! Don’t try to squeeze everything in on the same day. Instead, why not split the visits up between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day?

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3. Get everyone together yourself

If you cannot bear the hassle of chasing your tail, driving all over the island in a desperate attempt to see everyone, consider inviting everyone over to yours instead. This needn’t be for Christmas lunch, and can also consist of grabbing a simple pizza!

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4. Don’t be afraid to say no

And, remember, you don’t need to actually see absolutely everyone in this week! There’s plenty of time, all round the year. Be consistent in your attention and no one is going to take it against you if you do not drop in during this manic period. A day to yourselves may be warranted!

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5. Take turns and let them know if you’re staying for lunch

How about making it a point to visit one family one year and the other family the next year – and leaving it at that? If you opt for this (and many couples do), just be sure to explain this to your in-laws properly so no one gets offended.

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6. Don’t worry about the length of time you visit but go with gifts

But, if you’ve decided to brave it and visit both sides of the family – and your extended loved ones – on the day, don’t stay too long. And don’t drink too much alcohol on each stop, unless you want to get plastered.

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7. Chill out and breathe!

Whatever you decide, remember to prioritise the well-being of yourself and your spouse. There’s no need to rush around, to the detriment of your health and mental stability, just for the sake of marking the day. Your body won’t thank you for it – and neither will your family.

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