This time of year can often cause extra stress, so it is important to keep things in perspective.

I am reminded of that adage with this cartoon:

If a member of the family is driving you bonkers, instead have compassion for their awkward social skills.  If you are trying to do too much, think of those who would be grateful for the bounty you are organizing.  Instead of being frustrated by the crowds, people watch and soak in the season.

You can be mad at the dog, or be like the dog and be grateful that you are in time to help the fainted tree.  Try to take the jolly perspective this holiday.

— beth triplett

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