A lot of people feel pressure to make things “just right” during the holidays. We all have images in our mind of what we’d like holiday celebrations to be like–Movies, advertisements, and social media all show images of happy, joy-filled relationships surrounded by beautiful decorations, and it’s easy to wish for the same problem-free celebrations in our own lives.

Of course, a lot of families face stress during the holidays, and it’s exacerbated when people expect everything to go perfectly and smoothly. This holiday season, be careful to keep realistic expectations throughout the season. If you expect that things won’t go perfectly or that you’ll be able to celebrate stress-free, you’ll be better prepared to handle the stressors and challenges that arise during this busy time of year.

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