Back in the day when we were kids, the holidays were nothing short of magical. Personally, I relished the opportunity to decorate those festive cut-out sugar cookies and play with the cousins I only got to see once or twice a year, and I have fond memories of my brother and I leaving out salty snack mix and soda for Santa every Christmas Eve. (Santa would be sick of eating cookies by the time he got to our house, according to my parents.)
But now that we're full-on grown ups, some of those magical moments seem to have dissolved into not-so-magical stress. Add a couple of kids and some in-laws into the mix, and it can feel like the only magic you're experiencing during the holiday season is the magical feeling of your head finally hitting the pillow at the end of a long day. But even with a lengthy to-do list, holiday stress doesn’t need to bring a dark cloud over what should be a joyous time, which is why we partnered with zero-calorie sweetener Stevia In The Raw to offer up some solutions to nip holiday stress in the bud before it even gets the chance to rear its ugly head.