Now that Thanksgiving is in our turkey-smeared rearview mirror, the holiday season is in full swing. We can no longer eye-roll the marketing and messaging for starting too early, because like it or not, Christmas is just a month away. It is officially time to begin freaking the eff out.

Well, it is if you're me, anyway. I have a tendency to spend December in a sort of constant pinball TILT mode, panicked by massive to-do lists, increased expenditures, family members who are seriously impossible to shop for, and the nagging fear that I'm not making the holidays special enough because I didn't make any adorable glitter-dusted pinecones or ornament wreaths or felt poinsettia leaves or ANY CRAFTS WHATSOEVER OH GOD WHY AM I SUCH A LOSER.

Anyway. This year, I am determined to make some changes. By Santa's beard, I swear I am NOT going to mentally unravel this December -- and here are my eight steps for retaining my sanity, one Holiday Don't at a time.


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