Our expert says:
Well, Anna, pleased to hear you made it, uncomfortable though it might have been at times ! The festive season really brings out the worst in so many people, doesn't it ? Actually, I seem to remember having written an article for H24 a while back on how to cope with the festive season, that from the sound of it ought to fit your bill just about perfectly ! I think one key is to refuse to fel obligated to have any more people on your hands than you feel you can enjoy and cope with comfortably, and politely refuse to over-tax yourself. I have checked the Constitution and it doesn't seem to say anywhere that you're compelled to invite them all, or to accept when they invite themselves. Maybe get in first by sending them festive greetings and explaining that you plan to be away and unreachable at that time, but wish them well.
So long as that doesn't leave you spending Christmas day crouched under the piano pretending not to be in !
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