Christmas and the joy of going giftless

By Marc Wilson In Psychology

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20th December, 2012
'Ware ye of Christmas – the only thing more unrealistically presented on television and in movies is love … If you have a particularly smart six-year-old in your house then watch it – this column contains spoilers. Christmas can be a stressful time, which boils down to expectation – the expectation that the exchanges of gifts and good tidings around the dining table (even with grumpy Uncle Bob, whom you usually avoid) will go perfectly. The best things in life may be free, but this is lost in television advertising in which Christmas becomes a sparkly and – above all – expensive affair. ...

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