Is Cheating at Christmas Becoming More Regular?
December 20, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

For some reason, the mistletoe, twinkling lights and smell of Santa’s B.O. really gets a lot of people going. There seems to be evidence that the holiday season – and Christmas time in particular – are hair triggers for partners that are looking to have an affair, or are perhaps those who are simply in unhappy relationships. Why is this?

Office Parties

Is Cheating at Christmas Becoming More Regular?

With Christmas comes a plethora of work parties, otherwise known as several hours spent clutching the same glass of wine while someone from accounting tells you intrinsic details of their cat’s surgery. For most people it’s an obligation that ensures the boss doesn’t side-eye you through January, and it can certainly be a serious drag the closer it happens to Christmas Day, when you’d rather be relaxing, or even simply at home. However, for people that are already dangerously close to stepping out on their partner, it can be a very alluring method of cutting loose for an evening.

There’s little accountability, with the attendees of the party being largely colleagues and people you know only as acquaintances. For those already on the precipice of leaving their significant other, this could be either a release, or a way of ascertaining what you want in life. More often than not though, it’s people tipsy on mulled wine making stupid choices, which isn’t all that different to a regular night out.

Time With Family

No-one can dispute that while Christmas is a joyful time for reconnecting with family and seeing relatives you’d forgotten were alive, it can also be incredibly difficult. There’s no gauge for deciding when you’re unable to deal with your mother’s criticism or sister’s description of her lavish lifestyle abroad, and tempers can start getting lost fairly quickly in that environment. What makes this worse is when the source of contention comes from a spouse, and this more than any family member can lead to people doing things they would never ordinarily consider. Time spent in such close quarters can also make people very aware of their own unhappiness, or put into perspective how their marriage or relationship really makes them feel. There are a lot of reasons someone could live for half a day with extended as well as nuclear family and later take off to do something unbearably foolish.

Stress

Time With Family

Christmas is a period of serious stress for many people, especially those with children. There are bills that have to be paid, shopping that must be done and as mentioned, family that have to be dealt with. It can get expensive (and therefore nasty) really quickly.

Money Trouble

Money troubles and fights with a partner can coalesce into a decision to do something you can’t take back, and this impulse is never more powerful than during the holidays. Texting becomes more of a stress-reliever than something inherently flirtatious, and it’s easy for a situation to feel like a steel cage when it’s more likely just a lack of communication or momentary weakness. There aren’t a lot of places you can go to express this frustration, and not a lot of time to do it, so an affair becomes the easy answer.

The holiday season should be a time of contentment, or at least peaceful tolerance. Cheating is a solution to a problem that you probably constructed in your head, heightened by the pressures of Christmas. When St. Nicholas said “Ho-ho-ho”, that is not what he meant!

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Is Cheating at Christmas Becoming More Regular?
December 20, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

For some reason, the mistletoe, twinkling lights and smell of Santa’s B.O. really gets a lot of people going. There seems to be evidence that the holiday season – and Christmas time in particular – are hair triggers for partners that are looking to have an affair, or are perhaps those who are simply in unhappy relationships. Why is this?

Office Parties

Is Cheating at Christmas Becoming More Regular?

With Christmas comes a plethora of work parties, otherwise known as several hours spent clutching the same glass of wine while someone from accounting tells you intrinsic details of their cat’s surgery. For most people it’s an obligation that ensures the boss doesn’t side-eye you through January, and it can certainly be a serious drag the closer it happens to Christmas Day, when you’d rather be relaxing, or even simply at home. However, for people that are already dangerously close to stepping out on their partner, it can be a very alluring method of cutting loose for an evening.

There’s little accountability, with the attendees of the party being largely colleagues and people you know only as acquaintances. For those already on the precipice of leaving their significant other, this could be either a release, or a way of ascertaining what you want in life. More often than not though, it’s people tipsy on mulled wine making stupid choices, which isn’t all that different to a regular night out.

Time With Family

No-one can dispute that while Christmas is a joyful time for reconnecting with family and seeing relatives you’d forgotten were alive, it can also be incredibly difficult. There’s no gauge for deciding when you’re unable to deal with your mother’s criticism or sister’s description of her lavish lifestyle abroad, and tempers can start getting lost fairly quickly in that environment. What makes this worse is when the source of contention comes from a spouse, and this more than any family member can lead to people doing things they would never ordinarily consider. Time spent in such close quarters can also make people very aware of their own unhappiness, or put into perspective how their marriage or relationship really makes them feel. There are a lot of reasons someone could live for half a day with extended as well as nuclear family and later take off to do something unbearably foolish.

Stress

Time With Family

Christmas is a period of serious stress for many people, especially those with children. There are bills that have to be paid, shopping that must be done and as mentioned, family that have to be dealt with. It can get expensive (and therefore nasty) really quickly.

Money Trouble

Money troubles and fights with a partner can coalesce into a decision to do something you can’t take back, and this impulse is never more powerful than during the holidays. Texting becomes more of a stress-reliever than something inherently flirtatious, and it’s easy for a situation to feel like a steel cage when it’s more likely just a lack of communication or momentary weakness. There aren’t a lot of places you can go to express this frustration, and not a lot of time to do it, so an affair becomes the easy answer.

The holiday season should be a time of contentment, or at least peaceful tolerance. Cheating is a solution to a problem that you probably constructed in your head, heightened by the pressures of Christmas. When St. Nicholas said “Ho-ho-ho”, that is not what he meant!

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