You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch…

For different people Christmas has different meanings – presents, family reunions, sales, Christmas cookies, church, tons of food… sometimes all of the above. We all know the festive season can be pretty stressful at times, so if you feel like bailing out, there are a few things you can do to escape from it:

1. Move to another country. There are some countries where you can escape to, for example China, Singapore, Japan or Taiwan (Wanna learn more about Christmas around the world?). that don’t celebrate Christmas at all… Well, ok, there might be one or two (or two hundred) Christmas trees hidden around, but you’ll practically forget about it since in these countries Christmas is not a national holiday. On the other hand, if you’re a Christmas enthusiast (and you’re still reading this article) you can celebrate Christmas in your country and then fly to Russia in January to celebrate it AGAIN on January 7.

2. Go to an island in the Caribbean (or somewhere with high temperatures and palm trees). This might not prevent you from singing Christmas carols and from having to buy some presents, but the scenery will definitely contribute to a less stressful Christmas (but keep quiet about it, otherwise you’re gonna have to run to the nearest mall to buy last minute presents, and we don’t want that, right?).

3. No matter what, AVOID malls. If you can’t afford travelling to Japan or to a tropical island, then stay at home, and do the Christmas shopping on the internet. You’ll be a happier person. Trust me.

4. Lock yourself in the basement (if you have one, if not, your room will do) on the premise that you have swine flu. It’s trendy, everybody will believe you, and you can spend a cozy Christmas Eve watching the Grinch.

5. If you don’t have the money to go abroad, pretend that you’re going abroad. It’s simple – pack your bags, go to the airport and stay there. Airports can be pretty entertaining places at times if you think about it. Your alibi – your flight has been cancelled and you’re on the waiting list. Happens all the time.

6. Tell everybody that you have decided to lead a more environmentally friendly life, which means only homemade presents this year.

7. If you come from an  especially christmassy country, none of the above will be of any help. If you’re in Chin,a your family will torment you until you come back, your friends will join you on the tropical island ’cause they think that Christmas in the tropics is cool, your mom will drag you to the mall with her to help her with the shopping no matter what you say, and even in the basement you’re gonna be able to hear the Christmas carols coming from the kitchen. You’ll meet people in the airport that will INSIST you go and spend Christmas with them because nobody should spend Christmas alone, you will meet other environmentally friendly people that will suggest “gathering all together for dinner on Christmas eve”. Sorry, reality hits – there might not be a way out.

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