Holiday Coping Library

  • Beating the Holiday Blues
    Joy to the world! 'Tis the season to be jolly! Festive music fills the air; holiday cheer abounds. Everyone is happy at holiday time — right? Wrong. Truth be told, many people feel lonely, sad, ...
  • Not in the Holiday Mood? It Might Be the Blues
    It's that time of year again. Multicolored lights twinkle across houses and front yards. Parents and squirming children form long lines to sit on a Santa look-alike's lap. Red and green decorations adorn every store window. ...
  • Wrung-Out by Ringing-In the Holidays: Dealing with Post-Holiday Blues
    "The Holidays," generally defined as the period from Thanksgiving through New Years, can be an emotional roller coaster. We're expected to be (and would like to be) filled with joy, cheer and love for all ...
  • Talking Turkey: Managing Unhappy Relatives at Holiday Time
    Almost all families seem to have at least one member who has made a career of being unhappy. In their distress, these people accuse, complain, sigh, and make it difficult for others to enjoy the ...
  • Shedding Light on Winter Depression
    Thirty days hath September, April, June and November, All the rest have thirty-one Except for February— Which has 258! We extend our apologies to ...
  • Enjoying the Winter Holiday Season
    No matter what your faith or cultural background, as the holiday season approaches, you may notice, as many people do, that instead of feeling a sense of warm anticipation, you feel a sense of dread. ...
  • Don’t Stress Holiday Travel
    If you're planning a trip during the festive season, you're not alone. Everyone else seems to be traveling, too. The holiday season accounts for nearly 10 percent of all miles traveled by Americans during the ...
  • Seasonal Stepfamily Stress: Tips to Help All Your Family Members Enjoy the Holidays
    In an ideal world, holidays would bring all families closer together and heal all wounds. Parents, stepparents, ex-spouses, children and grandparents would embrace each other in perfect harmony, and family discord would disappear, at least ...
  • Holiday Stress: A Resourceful Survivor’s Guide
    Here's your chance to enjoy a serene Christmas—or Ramadan or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah The holidays are supposed to be joyous occasions marked by meaningful traditions, family connections, spiritual rejuvenation and just plain fun. Instead, for many ...
  • The Ghosts of Holidays Past
    An adult daughter searches for the joy in the season, despite memories of distressing family scenes. I love the holidays. I really do. Give me cold weather outdoors, a crackling fire indoors, tantalizing smells from the ...
  • The Valentine’s Day Fray
    I find human behavior fascinating. For example, I have a friend who, for 355 days of the year, is happily single. Oh, sure, she dates from time to time, but is very content living on ...
  • More articles about holiday coping
    Additional articles about holiday coping and New Year's resolutions are available.
  • 10 Sure Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
    Another year is ending and many of us are gathering up our willpower for a brand new set of New Year's resolutions. But have we learned from past experience? A large number, if not the ...
  • Finding Meaning in the Holidays and Christmas
    The holidays are a time of year, almost a rite of passage one might say, that you either love or dread. There's little inbetween. Most folks look forward to the holidays and Christmas on some ...
  • Making New Year’s Resolutions That Last
    It's not always easy to keep New Year's resolutions. Sometimes there just doesn't seem to be enough time, energy or willpower to accomplish everything. Don't despair! If you spend some time reevaluating the way you ...