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Holiday stress can make anyone into a grinch. Don’t be a grinch, be hilarious instead.

1. When ordering a latte, ask the barista if they will draw your likeness in the foam. Tip VERY well for it.

Darth Vader Coffee Art

2. The next time someone acts rude on the highway say, “Happy holidays!” out loud to them (mean it).

Kristen Wiig SNL Merry Christmas

3. As you leave the house to go shopping with your family, announce that it’s an observed day (make one up) and tell them all about it.  “Today is actually St. Grunion Day, when we celebrate tiny fish who only swim when the moon is full…”

Skeptical kid, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter

4. Take a selfie of where you park. Include people you don’t know if possible.

Parking Lot Group Selfie

5. Make up a made up “swear word” that isn’t really a swear word, so everyone can say it when they get upset.

Son of a nutcracker!

6. Shop with a friend and have a power song.  Put it on your smart phone and play it when you need encouragement.

SNL Christmas Song and Dance

7. If you are shopping with very small children, ask them how they would solve problems as you encounter them.

Macaulay Culkin and Marv Home Alone 2 gif

8. Have your children show you how a gift is really wrapped.

Oh, this is bad. I should not have done this.

9. If you get stressed, stop and name all of Santa’s reindeer.  If you don’t remember them all make up names for them.

Sven from Frozen tires to catch a snowflake with his tongue.

If you could still use a little more holiday cheer, check out Buzzfeed’s 20 People Who Are Having A Way Worse Christmas Than You. Merry Chrismakkuh! – Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE

Chrismukkah - The O.C.