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Getting Through the Holidays

By December 12, 2013

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The traffic. The crowds at the mall. The never-ending shopping lists. The countless hours with every member of your family, including the in-laws.

A man with a Christmas tree over his head
The holidays can be a mixed bag of feelings.
Photo © JSchoeck/ Flickr
There are so many joys to this time of year. But there are plenty of frustrations that come along with it. Why do you think there are so many comedic movies centered around the chaos of Christmas?

Before you chuck the Christmas tree, send the relatives packing an hour after they arrive and end your holiday celebration by tossing the cookies it took you 3 hours to bake at the neighbor's dog who ate your family's presents, take a deep breath. You can survive the holidays without wishing the calendar would hurry up and roll over to a new year.

Use a holiday survival guide to slow down and actually enjoy everything about the season. Simplify your holiday plan. Get ideas for making the most of the celebration with your kids. You can even find gift ideas and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. And if you're already looking forward to 2013, check out the section on New Year's Resolutions you'll actually keep.

Pour yourself a glass of eggnog and eat some fruitcake, if you dare. Before you know it, we'll be taking all of our decorations down and throwing away all of the ripped wrapping paper as January quickly approaches.

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