Parenting Fails: 7 Ways to Make the Holidays Miserable

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Skipping Traditions

Sure, missing out on the Advent calendar one year might not seem like a huge deal to you, but when your kids look forward to it for 11 months of the year, it could be devastating. Think carefully before you cut a long-held tradition from the to-do list. Instead of doing away with it altogether to save on stress, consider a pared-down version. No, you don't have time to make a Christmas cookie Advent calendar, but your kids might be just as happy with the cheap chocolate ones from the drugstore instead.