Christmas is a time for families - or is it?
Published: 19th November 2013
As we approach the festive season it is hard to get away from the lights and sparkle, the competitive Christmas adverts each trying to become ‘iconic’ and the lure of the retailers, both on and off line, encouraging us to aspire to the magic of the traditional ‘family’ Christmas. But what does Christmas really mean for most families?
It is no secret that January is the busiest time for divorce lawyers who are poised for the post Christmas rush. As the Christmas break gets ever longer and stressed couples spend money they don’t have buying unwanted gifts for relatives they don’t really like the pressures can take their toll on even the closest relationship. Being thrown into a prolonged period of domesticity when at least one of the couple is ordinarily working long hours often causes friction and arguments – a very different scenario to that depicted by the supermarket adverts.
For couples who have already separated Christmas can be a time of even greater sadness. The difficulties surrounding where children should celebrate Christmas can begin as early as June, each parent holding onto the ‘prize’ of Christmas Eve night/Christmas morning. Children spend more time in a car on the motorway that around the Christmas tree as they are packaged from one home to another while their parents struggle to communicate over the desired Christmas gifts, often completely disregarding the wishes of their children. Grandparents may have no contact with their grandchildren at all, hopefully posting gifts with no knowledge of whether they will be received or appreciated.
For many, Christmas is a time which they hope will pass quickly which is in direct contrast to the retailers who are often looking at a Christmas break which spans 24th December to 2ndJanuary.
The 25th – 29th December is national Dispute Resolution week during which family solicitors across the country will be promoting initiatives to resolve family disputes through constructive communication rather than the court system which is fraught with cost (both emotional and financial) and delay. If the Christmas break is already filling you with potential horror it may be worth investigating what is available in your area to see how Christmas might be made better for you and your family both this year and in the future.
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