It seems this time of year creeps up on us all, but this year really caught me by surprise…for a few reasons. Stores have started displaying holiday decor + product before halloween….halloween! I’ve even noticed a few small businesses mentioning Black Friday sales as soon as the last witch hat is sold. Will this retail timeline continue to shorten, and at what point do we, as consumers, say ENOUGH?! Don’t get me wrong – I love this time of year immensely, but part of what makes it so special is the momentary magic of it all, don’t you think? In addition, the return of the polar vortex hasn’t done us any favors, abruptly bringing early snowfall and frozen temps. All of a sudden I’ve found myself scrambling for a new winter coat and arctic temp accessories for the kids. Add my current workload to this mix, and I’ve found myself staring blankly at my to-do list/calendar. A “holiday haze”, if you will. I’m feeling very overwhelmed friends, and I’m assuming I’m not alone. What are your thoughts, and how do you handle the stress of the holidays?