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The Introverts Christmas – Expectations and Pressure Over the Festive Period

If you’d asked me a few years ago whether I was looking forward to Christmas, I would have spat in your face and screamed, “Bah humbug!” As a kid, I loved Christmas. Christmas meant presents, and what child doesn’t like a house filled with new shiny toys?

As I grew up – and the appeal of toys waned – my excitement was soon replaced with something else. Anxiety and stress.

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Outgrowing Christmas

Baubs

Finally, after 24 years, it’s happened. I’ve outgrown Christmas.

My best Christmas was when I was 5 years old. I still thought Santa Clause was real and would you believe it, he bought me a shiny new bike. I often wonder how I could have been so foolish as to believe in Santa, but when you go to bed on Christmas Eve, excited about the gifts that await you, and you wake up the next morning to find a new bicycle has magically appeared under the Christmas tree, then it’s quite easy. After all, how else would the bike appear if it wasn’t for Santa?

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