The secret to really feeling the holiday spirit is great organization. With a little planning we can all focus on family and celebration—not stress and discord.
Great memories, not more "things" should be the theme this year. A day of baking cookies, a trip to a museum, a concert, theater ticket, restaurant gift certificate or even a donation to a special charity can leave a more lasting impression than another scarf or one more thing that really isn't needed.
If you must give gifts, don't go overboard. Set a limit on the giving. Only buy for the kids or use a family lottery to determine who buys for whom. There are many ways to share the holiday spirit without going into debt in the process.
My advice this holiday season? Focus on shared experiences, not more stuff.
Happy holidays to you and yours!