National Stress Free Family Holiday Month-- The no. 1 cause of holiday stress is spending too much money! That's the word from a recent FranklinCovey survey asking over 15,000 customers what causes them stress during the most wonderful time of the year. 87% admitted that holiday activities do cause stress, while 49% confessed to being relieved when it was all over. Here are the top 10 most stressful holiday activities in ranked order of most stressful to least stressful:

  1. Spending too much money
  2. Creating a specific holiday budget
  3. Deciding what gift to buy for whom
  4. Managing workload to take time off
  5. Not enough time to shop
  6. Not enough time for events
  7. Sending gifts and cards on time
  8. Taking care of physical well-being
  9. Relationships with family, friends and co-workers
  10. Decorating for or hosting a holiday party