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This is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be a stressful time. 

Not only are calendars overbooked and cheese-wheels overconsumed, but for people who come from different backgrounds there can be conflict around the holidays.

The solution? Well, there isn’t only one solution but there are many creative and wonderful ways that people are approaching the “December Dilemma”.

This guide is for people looking for strategies and ideas. It is meant to guide you in having conversations with your partner/family and figuring out what will work for you this December. We’ll cover ways you can do the holidays, from mixing traditions (think Star of David tree topper), to ways you can do both (think each set of in-laws gets you on their special day), to ways you can articulate why you’re doing it (think, well, thinking about traditions and what they mean). We’ll cover the

important stuff - I call them the 4 Ls: Light (decorating), Latkes and Lasagne (food), Laughter (joy), Learning (meaning). What if the decisions in December lead to a more fulfilling, more beautiful, more meaningful holiday for everyone? Sounds good, right? If so, this guide is for you.

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