Christmas,  Civility and manners,  Holiday traditions,  Oakland Press columns

Unwrapping the stress of holiday giving

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Gift-giving can be an emotionally loaded topic, along with other social pressures of the Christmas season. If you’re on a tight budget, for instance, you might be focusing on how much you can spend — rather than the meaning or quality of the gifts you intend to give.

What if you don’t have time to shop? What if you bought a gift for someone who doesn’t have one for you? Or what if you decide to stop giving holiday gifts this year?

My feature article on handling the stress (and protocol) of holiday gifting includes tips from psychologists and etiquette experts. You can read it online here. If you prefer a print edition, look for my story in the Homefront section of The Sunday Oakland Press, available on newsstands tomorrow (11/13). ~Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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