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How to please the family and still have time for yourselves during the holidays.

With the holidays quickly approaching, I want to offer some survival tips that have helped us get through this ubiquitous season. So often, the desire in our family is to try and please all of our relatives, as this is a "special time of the year." However, we just canít be in multiple places at once. So, here are some tips on how to deal with sticky situations when it comes to family and the holiday season.

* Get a Routine: My family set up a schedule with my oldest brother when he got married that has worked for my sister and for me. Each odd-numbered year (like 2007), we spend Thanksgiving with my family and Christmas is spent with in-laws.


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