Happy Holiday Season Calendar
The Address: http://www.myprimetime.com
The Reason: Don't worry, be happy
THE MOST wonderful time of the year.
With the kids jingle belling,
and everyone telling you, ‘Be of good cheer,'
It's the most wonderful time of the year.”
Williams perennially croons to us from shopping mall sound
systems each December. But if this time of the year really
is so "wonderful,” why do so many of us feel so glum?
big "S” word: STRESS!
who has moved beyond Barbie and Hot Wheels knows the holidays
often bring more disappointment than joy,” observed Donald
Van de Mark, co-founder, vice president and editorial director
of myprimetime.com, a Web site addressing the concerns of
that most stress-laden segment of the population, the nation's
81 million baby boomers.
baby boomers are now at the center of families, with responsibility
for their parents and their children,” said co-founder and
president Helen Whelan, explaining why the site is introducing
the Happy Healthy Holidays Calendar.
to traditional Advent calendars, the Happy Healthy Holidays
Calendar offers a daily Web link each day from Nov. 24 through
Jan. 1. Each link features a cartoon and a lively story offering
advice on how to beat a particular holiday stress-producer.
All of it is in keeping with the site's philosophy: "brevity,
will range from simple reminders such as "remember to breathe,”
to more complicated advice raised by the "blended and extended”
family, such as how to avoid revisiting old arguments with
to its regular message boards, the site is launching an interactive
discussion group for those "struggling to achieve the holiday
spirit,” said Paul Mandelstein, the site's community director.
"The holidays bring up lots of personal and family issues,
including divorced families, different religious practices,
having too many people and too few places at the table, and
also offers support services where people can get one-on-one
long-range intention, according to Van de Mark, is to become
"a personal trainer for your life.” To this end, myprimetime.com
(created by people who trace their roots to CNN and PBS) is
built around four content areas -- Money, Work, Health and
if we could "train” our lives so that we could perform optimally
from day to day, dealing with the holidays and all that they
entail would be a piece of cake.