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Spending Time with Some Difficult People over the Holidays? Consider These Tips.

Back by popular demand…some ideas for dealing with difficult people over the holidays. I’ve posted this before, but every year around this time, there’s a spike in interest about ways to handle tricky situations with relatives, neighbors, and friends. Consider: 1. Think about how topics that seem innocuous to you might upset someone else. You may think you’re showing a …


Fun and Easy Holiday Tradition? For Us, Graham-Cracker Houses.

This weekend, my daughters and I made our graham-cracker houses. As I write about in Happier at Home, every year, instead of traditional gingerbread houses, we make graham cracker houses, which are easier to build and decorate. Every year–this also seems to be part of the tradition–I almost forget to organize the house-building, until it’s almost too late. But we’ve …


Why I’m Adding Holiday Smells to My Holiday Decorations.

This morning, on my way home from the gym, I walked by a stand selling Christmas trees and holiday greenery (in New York City, these pop up on street corners every December). I loved getting the chance to smell that wonderful fragrance of Christmas tree. It struck me: I’ve done a lot of holiday decorating, but we don’t have any …


Trying To Resist Holiday Temptations? 7 Tips for Abstainers and Moderators.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday:  7 tips for using the abstainer/moderator split to fight holiday temptations. Ah, the holidays. Everywhere you go, you face cookies, candy, booze, and snacks and treats of every kind. While this creates a festive atmosphere, it can also lead to a lot of anxiety and/or guilt in those of us trying to resist …


8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives During the Holiday Season.

Holidays can be tough. Some people love them; some people dread them. I thought a lot about the holidays as I was writing Happier at Home, because the holiday season tends to be a time when we focus on home. Maybe you’re going “home” the way I go home to Kansas City for Christmas–which may be fun for you, or …