According to a new survey, one in ten British grandparents admits they dread certain elements of Christmas.
In fact, of the one thousand grandparents quizzed by joint pain treatment FLEXISEQ, 34% said the increased stress was a concern, 14% said the physical demands of the festive season worried them, and more than one in ten (13%) confessed they’re not looking forward to Christmas, partly because preparing for it is exhausting.
It’s quite upsetting to imagine grandmas and grandpas up and down the country dreading Christmas. Because, a) it doesn’t have to be “perfect”, and nobody should feel pushed to the brink to make it seem so, and b) grandparents at Christmas, be they perfect or not, are what our festive memories are built on.
We may have witnessed an explosion in cup cake companies and cake-making TV in recent years, but grandmas have been whipping up homemade buns and sponges for donkey’s years. Nan’s rock-hard jam tarts and mince pies probably wouldn’t have got her far on Bake Off, but Christmas wouldn’t have been complete without them.
We’re all aware of the digestive consequences of munching all those Brussels sprouts and honeyed parsnips. The thing is, once you’ve reached a certain age, farting in company becomes kind of acceptable – which always made after-dinner charades a lot more amusing when it was the oldies’ turn!
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In your grandparents’ eyes, you’ll always be a little kid (in the loveliest possible sense), so just because you’re now a teenager, don’t expect your Christmas presents to have necessarily “grown up” too. But that’s ok; there’s something beautifully comforting about those cartoon pyjamas and talc sets isn’t there?
If the question master’s got through a few sherries by the time the evening quiz commences, you already have a challenge on your hands concentrating on hearing the questions – and once Grandad starts snoring (usually by round three), it’s nigh on impossible. Never mind though; nobody knows any of the answers, anyway!
It’s customary on Christmas morning for the family to enjoy a cup of tea (or Buck’s Fizz, if you’re that way inclined) before getting washed and dressed. If the grandparents are staying, that means witnessing Nan in her hairnet, Gramps in his old-man’s vest and both minus their false teeth. Nothing like a pair of gummy grins to kick-start the festive fun.