Blog — Holiday Stress

Holidays 2013: Finding Meaning In What We Already Have

Zen Christmas

Holiday stress is upon us. Wanting to create perfect holiday experiences and memories, we rush around making sure everything is just right. Maybe the real secret to meaningful holidays is right under our noses. Check out this story that a friend told me that made me say-- aha and thankfully rescued me from the holiday-frenzy.

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Freeing Your Holidays from Anxiety

Winter lights

Are you hoping that this holiday season will be different for you, and that you can limit the stress and connect more with what this time of year really means to you and your family? Me too! Here is a post I wrote a few years back about that very topic. Happy, peaceful holidays to all!


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How to Survive Family Holiday Gatherings, And Even Enjoy Them!

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Many people can't wait to get together with their families for the holidays; others dread this time of year. I am going to go out on a limb here and say in most families the potential is there for both experiences! There's goodness to be shared, and there are minefields to be tiptoed around. But this is family—our families— the only ones we've got. Here's a post I wrote a while back about taking on the challenges and finding the good during the holidays. It's a favorite of mine, I hope you enjoy (and share it with a friend who really needs it!). Happy, healthy holidays and all best wishes for 2015!

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More Joy, Less Stress: How to Take the Pressure Off Your Holiday Celebrations

Stress-free holidaysIf you are finding yourself stressing in the holiday rush, you are not alone. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here's a piece I wrote a while back about how to find what we are really looking for-- always-- but especially during the holiday season: those intangibles that are paradoxically truly palpable: connection, love, gratitude.

For me, that often comes from noticing that moment at the holiday table or living room couch when everyone is contentedly eating and conversation is flowing and my only wish is exactly what I am experiencing right then. Sometimes that picture doesn't happen, and something else happens that hits that spot. What is that moment for you? Let's all be on the look out for those times where we stop worrying about what's next, or what should be happening and instead thoroughly savor what is. Happy, peaceful holidays to all!  


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What to Do When Your Kids Hate Their Christmas Presents: A Holiday Parenting Challenge

Holiday disappointment

Hello dear holiday readers! Is there anything worse than a child being ungrateful about their gifts? Well, in this blogpost I suggest (confessionally) that we consider the two-way street of gift disappointment, that as much as we can coach our kids to respond more politely when they are unhappy with a gift, that we too, as parents, can do that coaching with a bit more grace ourselves. I know, I know, the work of learning as a parent never ends, and to me, that's what I live for! Happy holidays to all.

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