The key to a happy festive season is not helping each other

The increased time we spend together with loved ones at this time of the year is causing unnecessary stress, a study has found.

Maureen Jones, from Wigan, explains “I’m not used to having Tony around the house, I enjoy my own company through the day, and have my own little rituals, and routines I like to follow, I don’t need anyone else to interrupt and help”

“Typically, when Tony leaves for work in the morning, I have breakfast watch a bit of Lorraine, do a load of washing and the vacuuming before it’s time to sit down and watch Bargain Hunt while I have my lunch. My afternoon’s are filled with loading the dishwasher, cleaning the bathroom, and making a start on the evening meal”

“It might seem monotonous, but it is the routine I am most comfortable with.

The Christmas holidays arrive, and it all goes out of the window” adds Maureen “I know Tony is only trying to help, but I have my own way of doing things.”

“He doesn’t know how to use the washing machine, he can’t load the dishwasher properly, and with his choice of daytime television programs it’s a miracle we ever got married at all.”

“The only thing keeping me sane through this time of year is the excuse that we can start drinking at 9am, because it’s Christmas – without that I dread to think what would happen”

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