5 Ways to Survive the Holidays With Your Family: A Movie Lover's Guide


Remember That You're Not Santa Claus

Mom, you're not fooling anyone!
Mom, you're not fooling anyone!

We all want to give good presents, but don't take the gifting too far! Jack Skellington, the skeletal protagonist of Tim Burton's cult Christmas classic "The Nightmare Before Christmas," kidnaps Santa so that he alone can dole out Christmas joy.

Now, we're not implying that you have a vendetta against the big man in red, but it's important to remember that there's only one Saint Nick, and it isn't you.

There's nothing like seeing surprise and joy spread across a loved one's face as he or she opens that perfect gift, but in these hard economic times, you don't need to take out a second mortgage to finance your family's holiday. Christmas is about spending time with family members, not spoiling them rotten.

Forget Mr. Skellington's stop-motion motivations and only give what you can afford -- you'll be happier not just during the holidays, but for the rest of the year.