ico's christmas survival guide

Ah, Christmas – a time of joy, frivolity, and weird cake. But for many it’s not all ho, ho, ho – it can all feel a bit no, no, no


Back in 1963, Andy Williams released It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. It would go on to be one his best-selling singles and, almost 60 years later, considered to be one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time.

The song paints a picture-perfect portrait of Christmas. It ticks all the boxes: mistletoe, parties, food, family, snow, lights, sleigh bells and carol singers, all with an upbeat, feel-good optimism and a sprinkle of sixties’ crooner nostalgia.

Today, the portrayal of Christmas in popular culture hasn’t really changed. If anything, we’ve doubled down on the notion of a perfect Christmas, often reinforced by TV, film, and the social feeds on our phones.

The reality is that Christmas can often be incredibly stressful. Amid mounting financial pressures and increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, it can take a serious toll on our mental health. And so in support of the amazing work done by Mind, we’ve created a Christmas Survival Guide to help make the festive season feel a little less overwhelming.

Between 6th and 15th Dec, we’ll be unveiling a handy tip everyday via Insta and this really fun website we made with our partners Kaliedo. Slight caveat – some tips may be more actionable than others.

If you’d like to make a donation, which will go directly to Mind, you can do so here.

Happy holidays,

Love ico