Last week we considered the idea that the holidays can be less stressful, but that we must actively choose to make them so. Still having difficulty doing so? First, establish worthy goals. Decide what you want out of the holidays, and then engage in behaviors that will allow this to come to fruition. Abandon holiday traditions that no longer have significance for you and your family and create new, relevant traditions. Focus on what brings you and your family joy. Don’t like putting up a tree? Then don’t. Prefer to go to the movies rather than have a big holiday dinner? Then do.  Hate wrapping presents? How about creating a scavenger hunt for presents instead? Make the holidays meaningful to you. Give meaningful gifts including, and most importantly, the gift of your time. Be available to your family. Be physically and emotionally present. Be at peace.

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