“The thought of Christmas makes me feel panicky, as I am not very good at choosing what Christmas gifts I should get. I feel I have  all the things I need to survive, so end up searching the internet for random things I don’t actually care about, things I have no passion for.

“It also makes me feel overwhelmed, because of the Christmas music, decorations, people and kids, who seem to get very excited at Christmas and that can stress me out. To help with all of this I will cover my ears and tell them to stop.

“There are lots of things on Christmas day that are problematic such as the excited children, excited dogs, and toys that make noise. I feel I have to put in a lot of effort when getting gifts to make sure I don’t upset anyone’s feelings.

“I also have to fake appreciation of all the cards I received, this makes me feel a bit awkward. I would prefer silence over getting a card, that would be worth more than anything. I also don’t like the fact that I am surrounded by wrapping paper, it makes me feel claustrophobic as the entire room fills up with all this stuff.

“I do actually like the food through, Christmas dinner is very good as I get pigs in blankets and turkey and all that type of stuff. Christmas is a good day because of the food, which is okay.

"My top tips are:

  1. Construct a quiet space (or an alternate dimension) in case people want to hide.
  2. Do things you own way, don’t feel like you have to conform to social standards.
  3. Put my Christmas presents in a separate space, so I don’t feel overwhelmed.
  4. Make sure the Christmas tree isn’t too big and clocking more of the space.
  5. If a child doesn’t believe in Santa don’t constantly go on about it.

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