I've been watching different versions "A Christmas Carol" recently, and I sympathize with how overwhelmed Scrooge felt by the Holidays. Maybe he wasn't mean and vindictive, just stressed out over what to get his nephew, Fred, for Christmas. You're not alone if the celebration you love has just gotten to be too much. At the St. Louis County Library, we have a lot of things that can help you cope with the anxiety of the Holidays -
Read "Christmas Sucks: What to Do When the Fruitcake, Family, and Finding the Perfect Gift Makes You Miserable" by Joanne Kimes - Kimes takes a look at Christmas with humor and advice on making it through to the New Year.
Listen to some Christmas music to sooth your nerves while enjoying a mug of hot cocoa.
Consumer Reports can help you buy your loved one a gift that will last. Visit your local branch to try it online.
Watch Holiday movies to get into the spirit.
---Anna H., Jamestown Bluffs