Here is our 12 step guide for surviving the holidays and (hopefully) feeling somewhat wiser.

 

Aphorism No.1

The origins of perfectionism lie in the ease with which we can conjure up a picture of an ideal state of affairs. The problem is that once perfection is imagined, reality, however nice, will start to look somewhat drab. We should resolutely aim to have a moderately nice Christmas — so that all the nice-but-somewhat-awkward bits will feel pleasant instead of being a let-down.