You probably wonder why Santa is so jolly—um, does he know how much work the holidays are? He might have elves to do his bidding, but parents are stuck with a messy house and all their helpers napping with full bellies or playing with new toys. If you can't step back and laugh at yourself and your family once in a while, you might as well just cancel the holidays altogether. When you feel your blood starting to boil, ask yourself if it really matters. A broken ornament here, a sibling argument there—a little laughter goes a long way in avoiding further parenting fails to make the holidays bearable.