It can be a lot of pressure and exhausting. So the best way to cope with it is to have a plan. It is no different than someone who is dieting going to dinner with a large group of people at a buffet. You have to plan ahead to be able to enjoy it and feel good about your choices. And you have to know who you are. Who do you want to be as a person in December? Someone who is giving? Calm? A family person? The life of the party? Some people have decided to adopt a minimalist attitude where they simplify everything. We can't be it all so it is important to decide ahead of time so you don't get defined by the culture about what IT wants you to be. (Psssst.....a hint..... often marketing just wants you to be someone who opened their pocketbook more than they wanted to and without thinking!) Don't worry. There is no judgement....that's the essence of mindfulness......there will just be an experience of joy and being in charge of what is happening and your experiences reflecting who you are or passivity and inundation or overwhelm and an experience of 'getting through it' without knowing what you wanted to get out of it in the first place. One person I know decides each year what will bring her joy and then cuts out or simplifies all of the other streams. So between decorating, buying presents, hosting parties, going to parties, Christmas day, church activities and time with family she decides each year which will be the focus. This year she told me she is focused on decorating and she bought all the food pre-prepared and shopped online for gifts for her kids. You choose who you want to be and how you want to manage Dec. It's up to you. We are all ok and we are all different. I'm just suggesting that deciding who you want to be in December, then making a list and having a plan all help towards the outcome!