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Darcey Levy Internet Holiday Stress Fact or Fiction By Mark Gokin This article Holiday Stress Fact or Friction by Mark Gokin reminds us of how contradictory the holiday season can be for many people With the marketing world and the economy like it is today it is easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of the holidays Everyone wants the perfect gifts decorations food parties and reunions and the author reminds us how much of the spirit is lost and just how cumbersome all of these activities become This article tries to distinguish between the complexities of the holidays more specifically Holiday Blues and Holiday Stress While the Holiday Blues are often associated with the times we cannot see our family members for some reason during Christmas season the Holiday Stress ironically enough is the stress that comes when we do actually get to spend time with these exact people According to this article there are four points of friction associated with the holidays fantasies family food and finances The fantasies come from the media pressure and marketing world that portray a perfect holiday season that nearly all people long for And because everyone wants this perfect idyllic holiday they often stress themselves out trying to attain it The second f family can make the holidays exceptionally hard at times For kids that have divorced parents or even families that feud it can be a struggle to spend time with all loved ones without feeling as if youve left someone out The third issue food is constantly put in our face from Thanksgiving through New Years Whether it is the extras laying around at work or making a large family dinner this too can cause stress during the holidays In fact many people often dread the season because they dread the extra five to seven pounds that know may be inevitable Many need not be reminded of
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