Despite all the stress, it’s still a magical time of the year

Sian Crips, Georgia Perry and Abi Robinson, from Oaklands School, Waterlooville, celebrating their A-level results. Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-170817-140116006

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C hristmas doesn’t have to be all bah humbug and stress, you know.

Studies have shown Christmas to be up there with divorce in the stress-inducing stakes.

But despite this, it truly is a magical time of year. There’s the innocence of children in their school nativity plays and the excitement about the impending visit of Father Christmas, Rudolph and co and the bewildering amount of gifts they will hopefully bring.

And then, when you’re a grown-up, you get to enjoy it all again through the eyes of your children.

As American writer Andy Rooney once said: ‘One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.’