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One year I was gathering a list of the Top 25 Christmas Songs for a presentation about increasing the joy and decreasing your stress at holiday time. When reviewing this list, I was so surprised to see that only one mentioned gifts and Santa Claus.

The rest of these songs are all about the memories and the wishes to be home and with family on Christmas. This is what Christmas and the holiday season are really about. Contrary to retailers everywhere, holidays are not about money or gifts.

Holidays are about the great things of life.  Not about what you can buy.  It’s not about how much money you have.  

Holidays are about what you create for yourself and your family.  

Make the holidays and the message in your home about the most important things: love, family, warmth and being together. The fullness of your holiday is not measured by the number of gifts but by the traditions and memories created in being together.

Spend the next couple of days giving yourself and your kids more of what you really need for the holidays: time together being happy.

I wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays, and I look forward to starting off a new year with you!