The Business Section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Dec. 16, 2006) had the headline: "Holiday Stress Worse Than Ever: You Don't Have Time to Read This." Consider some of the statements from that article:
• More than 20 percent of Americans say they're worried the holidays will adversely affect their health.
• Nearly seven in 10 workers said that managing workplace commitments in order to take time off during the holidays is stressful.
• At least 2.5 million working parents are stressed out over after-school care issues.
"The picture of the happy family sitting around a fireplace enjoying eggnog and each other is totally bunk," notes psychologist Ken Siegel.