Mentally sketch a clear portrait of what a “great” festive season would look like for you. Once you are crystal clear about what you want, then start planning plus, practice in a mirror saying “no” to the suggestions/invitations from others that do not fit your picture!
Discard the preconceived ideas of what this time of year “should” be like. This year, start taking actions that you can expand on each following year, to gradually begin totally redesigning the lead-up and follow-up months to suit you and your family.
Recognize that everyone around you is likely feeling the same and they may actually be relieved at a suggestion from you that gives something the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) treatment.
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