Christmas can be an exciting time when people get together to celebrate. But it can also be a difficult time. If you’re feeling lonely, worried or stressed, we've got tips and advice that can help you. 

Getting support

Christmas can be a difficult time for many different reasons – from family arguments to feeling lonely.

It can be hard to escape the holiday season sometimes, particularly when you don't enjoy Christmas and everyone's talking about it. But telling someone what your Christmas has been like can help you to feel less alone.

We’re here for you throughout Christmas and New Year, including on Christmas day. Whether you want to speak to a counsellor or talk to other young people on the message boards, you can always be honest with Childline about what things are like.

4 ways to cope right now:

  1. take a break if your family is starting to annoy or upset you
  2. don't compare your Christmas to other people's, or what's said on social media, every Christmas is different
  3. say how you're feeling on the message boards or express it with the Art box
  4. talk to a Childline counsellor.

Coping at Christmas

It's okay not to celebrate

Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Some people might not like the time of year and others might not because of their religion of beliefs. It's always okay to not celebrate a holiday.

It might seem like everyone celebrates Christmas when every advert on TV is about Christmas, and the shops are full of decorations and gifts. But even if you or your family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, you can still enjoy this time of year. It’s a holiday and that means you have some time to relax, enjoy yourself and see friends and family.

If you feel left out or different because you’re not celebrating Christmas, you could talk to your mum, dad or carers. They might not realise you feel this way. If you can’t talk to them, you can always get support from our counsellors or share your feelings with other young people on our message boards.

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