Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.


Also see Stress

One out of five Americans worry that holiday stress will affect their physical health - American Psychological Association

  • Limit your expectations for the holiday season
  • Be realistic for what you expect to experience and receive, and, for what you want others to experience and receive during the holidays
  • Maintain a regular exericse routine


  • Consider buying an artificial tree - less harm to the environment

If you're going to buy a real tree:

  • Take leather gloves - to protect your hands from sap, needles, bark


  1. On December 21st, 2009, claire said:

    hey I think you can do better than this – maybe cos I have already ticked the first one – it aint that important box, but hey i still think a decent list would be helpful – i’ll b back

  2. On December 21st, 2009, Don Parcher said:

    Claire, You’re right, this checklist needs some work. Thanks, Don

  3. On November 15th, 2011, manda said:

    I was hopping to be able to make my own check list…

  4. On July 19th, 2012, Gigi Pilcher said:

    One of the biggest problems with Christms (and a few other holidays) is budgeting for presents/gift giving and planning/cost of meals.
    Another problem area with Christmas is depression

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