This is an extremely anxiety provoking time of year for me as well. I have my DD's birthday late November to deal with first, then X-mas.
All the pressure to have a "happy Christmas" sometimes is too much but I just grind through it because I have to.
Some of the family stuff is also anxiety provoking because I feel they sometimes have high expectations, at least for me, that tend to really stress me out. Urg... this year isn't too bad though, I thought it would be worse because money was so tight, but luckily I had more than expected.
I just hate how it's so commercialized and materialized. That's not what Christmas is about.
With that said, hope you all have a very merry Christmas and healthy 2009!!