Or is it Christmas Chaos? The lists, stores, mall madness, gift wrapping, parties, planning, decking the halls, caroling, card writing, picture posing, cookie baking, long-distance traveling, food preparing...just when it seems like you're nearing the end there's always the last minute, "Oh shoot, I forgot _____." Not to mention the money, money, money spending all while trying to save up for next month's tax bill. Then the heart strings pulling for the loved ones not here, or we just know so-and-so will say something venomous. Maybe family fights are spoiling the fun. The stress of a year crammed into a few weeks all while saying it's for good-tidings and cheer.
Balance! Give yourself down time. Every day. If something that needs doing pops up in your memory simply write it down and forget about it. Make time and space for relaxation and enjoy it.
Joy! Sure, as the adult you're the one doing all the work, but it can be fun and exciting like the good, old days as a kid. Be the PPD - Perfect Present Detective. Imagine being a race car driver of the stroller zigzagging among shoppers. Sing carols obnoxiously loud substituting words for how you really feel. I do this all the time with my children, and the next thing you know we're laughing and being productive. "Jingle Bells, your diaper smells, why won't you nap today? I need some elf magic right now or I might go insane, hey!" Let the silly out!
Respect! Lastly, respect your budget. If you planned on spending $20 on your best friend, don't go to the store and spend $40. Give from your heart, but use your head. You'll save yourself a lot of stress and money.