While it's a time for tradition, Christmas is also traditionally the busiest period for police responding to family violence.
Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard of the Family Violence Team said the expense of Christmas often resulted in an emotional, psychological and physical cost.
"Christmas is the busiest time of year for agencies dealing with the casualties of family violence and often the most affected victims are the children, as they do not understand what happens, why it happens and how to prevent it," Mr Pritchard said.
Last December and January police had the highest number of reported incidents of domestic violence.
In the calls attended by police, arguments occurred over money, relationships ending, access to children, relatives visiting and other issues.
"Some of these were arguments which escalated to physical violence, causing injury to victims, distress and confusion to children.
"Additionally, we know that more incidents of family violence involving alcohol occur during the Christmas period than any other time of the year."
He said the dynamics of family violence were complex and permanent changes took long-term commitment.
"Let's make it Christmas cheers this year, instead of Christmas tears."
Tips to stay calm
- Set aside money to cover bills in January and February.
- Don't spend more than you can afford.
- Moderate your drinking.
- Take time out if things become heated or stressful.
- Talk to someone you trust.
- Don't sweat the small stuff.
- If you share custody of children, come to an agreement before Christmas.
- If you have any safety fears, ring 111.