While some people idolize these seasonal holidays, I find it best to keep them all in perspective in order to survive well.
There are 364 other days besides Christmas and New Year's.
When one makes either of these days such an idol, one is doomed to fail to meet expectations.
Wanting all in the family to be home for Christmas is unrealistic. And, it turns out to be a disaster when high expectations rule.
Securing seasonal serenity involves keeping all times and seasons in balance without raising one's levels of hopes so high that no one is able to meet that stretch.