After every trip home to visit my family, I always returned exhausted and frustrated. In return, this exhaustion would turn into a flu or cold. However, if you try to stick to a healthy routine, pack practically and watch your travel conditions, you'll be able to come back from the holidays relaxed.
Bottom line: It's called the holiday season, not the spending season. If you enjoy traditional gift-giving, shape your finances throughout the year to make it happen. If you are facing financial problems or simply want to make a change in old spending routines, share that information with loved ones.
Whatever causes you stress this holiday season -- whether it is juggling family and social obligations, finding the right gift for everyone or planning travel -- a sure way to enjoy the holidays more next year is to establish a savings plan for managing spending in 2014, which will be here before you know it.