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"Movies and commercials have everyone gathered around the table and everyone should be happy," says clinical psychologist Linda Myer-Holtz. "That's really not realistic for most families."
Dr. Myer-Holtz says the best way to avoid holiday stress is to have realistic expectations. "There's not need to create a seven course meal that creates a lot of stress and tension."
"Keep it simple," Dr. Myer-Holtz says, "so that you can enjoy the people in your life."
Even doing all of these things, some people will experience a "crash" after the holidays.
Dr. Myer-Holtz says if you find yourself slipping into depression and it doesn't improve for a week or two, see a doctor.