Wednesday 22 November 2017

Claire O’Mahony; A wonderful time – but just as well it only comes once a year

PEEL that constrictive sequin pencil skirt off your hips. Dust the Peking duck-roll crumbs from your lips. Consign until January the conversation where you told it like it was to your co-worker at the office party. And relax . . . it's all over now – or pretty much. Truth be told, at this stage in the game, there's not much you can do to change the December 25 that lies ahead for you.

If there are cheese boards not purchased, cards not sent and stocking fillers forgotten about, so be it. It's all in the hands of the gods now.

The festive season is said to be one of the most stressful times of the year, ranking somewhere after death, divorce, moving house and trying to find an outfit on a fat day. And almost every one appreciates that it's not the day itself that's actually the most stressful, but the build up to it and the planning that goes into it.

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