Shopping, food, the festivities ‘tis the season.
"It’s almost like an adrenaline rush actually," says Katrice Pane, holiday shopper.
It’s a rush that sends many people over the edge.
Psychologist Cynthia Bulik says knowing your triggers are the keys to survival.
"So really it comes to recognizing the stress and developing more healthy ways of dealing with the stress," explains Bulik.
It’s advice Yvonne Goodwin puts into practice. "I take my family in very small doses,” she says. “I learn over the last few years I don't stay with my family, I will get a hotel room or I will stay with friends."
Have an escape plan in case things get out of control advises Family Therapist Mary Lascala.
"Scoop up, take our business outside of that particular room, outside of earshot and give ourselves time to debrief and constructively come up with a plan to start again," says Lascala.
Keep a sense of humor; remember hallmark moments are in cards.
Before you head out or host a family gathering, experts recommend coming up with a game plan. That includes strategies to cope with possible conflicts or if a child needs a break.