Christmas is the most stressful time of the year – so why do we love it so much?

Christmas is the most stressful time of the year - so why do we love it so much?

Frivolous spending, family feuds and age-old traditions: Christmas is as stressful as it is special. So why are we so obsessed with it? Lizzie Pook explores the psychology behind it 

Like an excited five-year old, I’ve been known to fall ill in the run-up to Christmas. It’s not the cold weather that gets me, or even the cheap advent calendar chocolates; it’s the heady sense of anticipation that ties my stomach in knots. By November – when the Coca-Cola ad is on and a trip to John Lewis involves hearing Mariah Carey at least four times – I’m ready to bulldoze my way through the nearest Christmas market, guzzling every mug of mulled wine that crosses my path.

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