Though we may be long past the age of believing in Santa Claus, it seems evident, during the holiday season, that we’ve been hooked by other myths. For example, just look at the media’s glossy portrait of the perfect Christmas. This image most often includes being surrounded by adoring family and friends, drinking and eating, shopping, party-hopping, entertaining, more shopping, and giving and receiving presents. All the while meeting the everyday demands of parenting, work, school and other responsibilities, feeling absolutely festive, and looking supermodel gorgeous! Whew! It’s exhausting just to think about living up to that impossible image, isn’t it? Yet, if we believe this fantasy, or any part of it, is what we need to be happy, or that this is how the holiday “should be,” then our beliefs give rise to unrealistic expectations; expectations that set us up for disappointment, stress, sadness and depression.