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8 Ways to Conquer Festive Freakouts

Aaaaah, Christmas. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We wish it could be Christmas every day. It’s just that sometimes it can get a bit, well, stressful. It’s not always easy to admit that you suffer from festive freakouts, since there’s that Scrooge accusation that tends to quickly follow, but it’s finally time to come clean. Sometimes it can all get to be a bit much. Case in point: One member of team Wonderush has had (and talked about) nothing but Secret Santa present delivery drama this week. This is not what Santa and Cliff Richard envisaged when they invented Christmas. So, in honour of the occasion we’ve been thinking about ways we can switch our focus and make sure we enjoy the season. And we’re so nice we decided to share them. You know, because we are the human embodiment of Christmas spirit.

Mulled Wine

‘Tis the season, and ‘twould be a crying shame not to take full advantage of that Christmassiest of drinks. If mulled wine doesn’t tickle your fancy there’s always mulled cider, or good old prosecco with a price tag higher than the North pole. Or if that’s not your bag just have a gin and hold a piece of holly. Basically what we’re saying is that there are hundreds of Christmas-specific drinks out there, and alcohol might help solve your problems. Just remember we are not doctors giving actual medically-approved advice (shocker).


Going hand in hand with alcohol is obviously food. December is the one time of the year that you can graze for three weeks straight without anybody batting an eyelid. It’s also acceptable to eat a gigantic roast dinner, followed by seconds, followed by dessert, followed by a couple of chocolates, followed by a rogue pig in a blanket that ‘fell off the plate while I was washing up’, followed by a full-on cheese plate a couple of hours later. Embrace this time, for it is beautiful. And remember, we are still not doctors so this is all fine.


Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like getting suddenly and deeply obsessed with Eastenders, just in time for their epic, seven-hour, live, Christmas day episode featuring at least 4 deaths. Or maybe you’re more of a film type, in which case there are loads of bad ones on over the Christmas period. And now that Netflix has been invented, well. Our Christmas lives have been changed. Sometimes all you need is a distraction from festive freakouts and TV is there to be just that. We wouldn’t normally advocate spending all of your time sitting in front of the telly, but since it’s a time to take it easy we’re making an exception.


If you’re not the type of person who can just sit in front of the TV, or drink your feelings, that’s also fine. Meditation is a great way to take some time for yourself and unwind, and trying a meditation class is a perfect way to get started if you’re a first-timer. You’ll clear your mind, you’ll focus on your breathing, and you might finally being able to stop worrying about whether the carrot-to-sprout ratio of your Christmas dinner is going to be adequate.

No guilt

It’s easier said than done, but you could just try promising yourself not to feel guilty this year. We worry about the gifts we’re getting people, the cards we have or haven’t sent, the charity donations we haven’t left ourselves room in the budget for, the allergies our guests might have that they may not have mentioned, whether everyone’s going to have something that they like to eat… Guess what? It’s too much. Everyone will have a lovely time with you and will accept the free stuff they are given with a grateful heart and if they don’t, they are not worth feeling guilty over. The Christmas elf has spoken.

See some lights

Festive freakouts make the whole of Christmas seem like a massive, overwhelming mess, and quite possibly one that smells a little bit like turkey. So go out. Go to a city centre, or just walk around the streets near home, and take in some lights. It’s quiet, and it’s dark, and things are pretty still. We guarantee that while you’re gone nothing disastrous will happen to your piles of unwrapped gifts and un-written cards (provided you lock the door to your house) and it’s a nice way to take a break. After all, people worked hard to put lights up, it’d be rude not to take time out and enjoy them.

Revel with the best of them

Sometimes we just have to let the crowds go and get into the spirit of things. Christmas markets look hellish from the outside but often end up being quite fun once you get into the swing of it. Work Christmas parties can seem like the last thing we want to go to (spend more time with these people? Really?!), but the same thing happens. Christmas celebrations are never quite as bad as we expect them to be, and at least this way you have a few memories of the festive season that aren’t just about panicking over whether to sign off a Christmas card to your in-laws with ‘love’ or not.

Last-minute gifts

There’s always someone who you either forget, who’s just impossible to buy for, or who gets you a gift so much better than the one you got them that you immediately enter festive freakout territory. Not fun. But luckily there’s now a super-quick way to buy a really good gift and have it ready immediately, even if you’re on the fly. We’ve introduced a series of gift subscriptions so that you can give the gift of fun (cheesy but true) to your nearest and dearest. After all, homes in London are so tiny these days that nobody has the space for any more physical stuff. With a Wonderush gift subscription your loved ones can make the most of their free time any way they choose, without having to worry about extortionate prices for individual activities. That sounds like a fantastic idea to us. They’ll love it.*


*Yes. We are biased. But we’re still confident that we’re right.

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