This year, I decided to tackle it head on. I'm a great believer in the therapeutic power of writing, and I decided to explore (and explain) just exactly all the reasons why I don't like Christmas.
Mr McStoryteller offered me the lure of a McSerial as my publication site.
We came up with the conceit of an Advent McSerial. That means that instead of opening an advent calendar door every day (which these days means getting a fix of chocolate like some kind of lab rat) I'm going to be opening doors of another kind. From 1st -24th December you can stop by McStorytellers each day to get another Christmas episode from me.
I warn you, if you're one of those people for whom Christmas is all they look forward to all year, and who is already blaring out the Xmas 'toons' along with your tree/light show extravaganza... this series probably isn't for you.
But if you want to look at Christmas from another perspective - and if, perhaps, you wonder why it is that some people really don't enjoy the whole thing - you might find something of interest.
Did it work as therapy? I'm not sure. It meant that I had to 'engage' with Christmas in November, to get the stories down, though in all honesty, I've been dreading doing the writing since we agreed upon in in the heady days of summer. So for me the therapy is that the stories are now out there. I'm not sure I can say I hope you enjoy them, but I do hope that if you read them, it makes you think once, think twice, and gain some awareness of what for many of us is a really painful time. I don't want to spoil your big day, I just want to be allowed NOT to celebrate - for more than 24 good reasons!