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The holidays, meant to be a time of peace, reflection, and celebration, too often exhaust rather than uplift us. If you sometimes feel trapped by the shopping, spending, and frenzied preparations, you aren’t alone.

Do you want more of what matters, not just more stuff? This year, you don’t have to rack up credit card debt or get swept up in the season’s commercialism. Say a big “no” to big ticket items. Instead consider creating holidays that instill more sharing, laughter, creativity and personal renewal.

The Center for a New American Dream has put together a “Simplify the Holidays” campaign to help you get started: