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Five Days Until Christmas: Handling Holiday Traffic

The holidays mean gathering with our family and friends - and that means that unless you've recently purchased a teleporter, you're going to spend some time on the highway with lots of other people who have all promised that they'll be home for Christmas.

Talk about stressful!  If you get stuck in traffic, take this as an opportunity to reframe. Take a deep breath and visualize the person behind you - the guy compulsively honking his horn --  driving in his underwear.  Imagine the look on his face when he unwraps a sack full of coal and rocks.  At all costs, keep your sense of humor!

Airports can be stressful as well. Bear in mind that while humor can make the hassles of travel easier to bear, you want to exercise some judgement about when and where it's appropriate to joke. TSA agents, for example, are not well known for their sense of humor. This fact is not likely to change during the busiest travel days of the year!

Many of the frustrations of travel are caused by events that are totally beyond our control. A few inches of snow halfway across the country can leave you stranded for hours. Knowing this, it's best to prepare yourself with some diversions in case you get stuck. A funny movie already ready to watch or a card game can do a lot to keep you  - and anyone you're traveling with - entertained during the delays!

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