Do not underestimate holiday stress.
Although Halloween and Trick-or-Treat paid a visit in October, most people do not overly stress about a holiday that asks for one day of celebration and leaves a trail of happily-exhausted children in its wake. Now November, on the other hand, is a different story. Lists for Santa find their way to penny-strapped parents. Expectations of homemade deliciousness like Grandma made fall upon shoulders. The desire to create moments worth remembering take hold, while remembering those who no longer sit at the Thanksgiving table tear at hearts. November is, without a doubt, the start of the holiday triple crown: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve.
What to Expect When You’re Holidaying
Begin holiday purchases.
Squeaky-clean your house and decorate galore.
Plan an out-of-this-world feast.
Resurrect your Christmas card list.
Stress about your self-inflicted stress.
Count those pennies. Move that cash. Charge that card.
Yep, it’s holiday time.
What’s crazy, though, is this isn’t how it has to be. No law says your holiday season must run a specific course. There’s no indicator that there is one best way to throw a party and make memories.