Ms. Schaumann, your Instagram account shows the full Christmas magic: smiling children’s faces, homemade cookies, everything beautifully decorated for Christmas. How do you get through Advent stress-free? Forget it, I don’t know anyone who can do it 100 percent. I like the run-up to Christmas, but it’s also the most stressful time of the year. You’re challenged on all fronts: decorating, getting presents, planning Christmas dinner, plus the many appointments. Crafts at school, the children’s theater performance or the umpteenth Christmas party – you pant from appointment to appointment. It’s sometimes difficult to pause.

What tricks do you have for this?

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