Let's be honest: the holidays aren't all snowflakes and candy canes. All this holly and jolly takes a lot of effort, and sometimes it can make you feel a little like the Grinch.

Beth and Dave conducted a (very unscientific) Facebook poll to determine just what it is that brings Central New Yorkers down when we should be feeling merry and bright.

There's good news and bad news. The top three things that make us all miserable during the holidays are the traffic (we're looking at you, Consumer Square), the big crowds while shopping, and all those bills afterward - that's the bad news. The good news is that many of you lamented how commercial the holidays have become - which means down deep inside - we just want a holiday spent in the company of friends and family.

So how do we cut back on some of this holiday stress?

According to Psychology Today, you can try taking calm-down breaks. Stuck in traffic? Turn up the radio and sing along to your favorite Christmas song - preferably loudly. It won't make traffic move faster, but it will make you feel better and scare the people in the car next to you.

The experts also suggest putting on rose-colored glasses, which means you shouldn't let other people make you nuts. Easier said than done sometimes, but just remember that they're probably as stressed out as you are.

Take a deep breath and remember: it'll all be over soon...except for the credit card bills.



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