Christmas can be an exciting time when people get together to celebrate. But it can also be difficult. If you’re feeling lonely, worried or stressed then we’re here for you.

Getting support

Christmas can be difficult for lots of reasons. You might be worried about spending time with your family, money or having to cope with your feelings. Or you might be worried about getting hurt or feeling unsafe.

It can feel hard to escape the holiday season sometimes, especially when you’re stuck at home or everyone else is 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 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. remind yourself that every Christmas is different, and yours doesn’t have to be the same as other people’s
  3. say how you're feeling on the message boards or use the Coping Kit
  4. talk to a Childline counsellor.

Coping at Christmas

Whatever’s happening at Christmas, you don’t have to cope alone.

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Money problems at Christmas

Worrying about money can have a big impact on how you’re feeling, you might be worried about:

  • being able to afford food or things to help you live
  • how to pay for presents, or what to get people
  • arguments at home or stress about money
  • other people getting more or less than you.

You should never have to cope alone when you’re worried about money, and you can always talk to Childline about what’s happening.

Not celebrating Christmas

Not everyone celebrates Christmas, this might be because you don’t like the time of year, because of your religion or beliefs, or because you just don’t want to. It can be tough if you’re trying to get away from adverts for Christmas, or if people around you keep talking about it.

Even if you or your family doesn’t celebrate, being off school or work for a few days can be a good chance to catch up with people or do things you enjoy.

If you’re struggling or being left out because of other people, it can help to talk about it. You could share how you’re feeling on the message boards with other young people or talk to someone you trust.