The lights, the parties, the traditions, the gifts, the meals together—at the end of every year, people around the globe celebrate the holidays. Holiday music, decorations, and lights occupy nearly every public space, while commercials and social media offer a constant stream of happy gatherings and memorable moments. It is all meant to reflect a certain ideal, but it can also become overwhelming.

While the season can be a time of cheer and celebration, for many, the holidays can also be a challenge. From overscheduling, pressure to attend family events, missing loved ones, and financial obligations—the holidays aren’t always merry and bright. To read the full story.