12/06/2012 02:59 pm ET

5 Ways To Maintain Your Joy During The Holidays

The holidays can be so hectic that we have to find a way to mentally prepare for all of the festivities.

I’m normally a chubby Grinch when Christmas season rolls around. The decorating, the busyness, the traffic, the Elf on the Shelf pics flooding my Instagram feed (be honest, the adults are enjoying this more than the kids), the constant pull to buy something for someone… ugh, the pressure. Not usually my cup of tea. But I retire my bah-humbug attitude and really try to make this season special for my kids.

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