STOP Holiday Meltdowns Before They Start

Holiday meltdowns…*cringe.*

Let’s get real. Is the thought of the upcoming holidays enough to make your stomach roll? Do you fear a holiday meltdown at your house?

Does any of this sound familiar?

Do you feel your blood pressure rising as you imagine your sister blowing into town, telling you what you’re doing wrong?

Do you fear what’s going to happen when the whole extended gang shows up to your house? Is everyone looking for the Norman Rockwell holiday that never existed in your family? Are you so stressed out, just the smell of pumpkin pie is making your stomach turn?

Are you feeling pretty sure that you’ll snap like a twig if one more thing lands on your to-do list? What if you’re asked one more repetitive question? How about if your Starbucks order gets screwed up?

What if some fool just happens to make eye contact at the exact wrong moment?

Is the idea of a holiday meltdown not so much an if, but more of a when?

Hit the brakes!

You could a) use a holiday meltdown to go for a blackout on your Dysfunctional Family Bingo card, or b) you could try something else entirely.

If you chose option B, good news! Tools are available to help you transform from a giant ball of stress back into the cool kitten you really are.

The checklist for avoiding a holiday meltdown has tips for mindset, shopping, decorating, entertaining, and preparing.

Here’s to zero holiday meltdowns in your family this season! 


Christy Turner is a speaker and consultant, founder of, creator of the online programs Memory Care at Home, and The Dementia Sherpa’s Guide to Moving into Memory Care and a regular guest on The Alzheimer’s Podcast. She’s enjoyed the privilege of working with over 1,500 people living with dementia and their families…including multiple experiences in her own family.