My husband is an abuse survivor, and my best friend has family issues that crop up during the holidays. My mother also suffers from clinical depression that the holidays tend to exacerbate. Does anyone else have to provide more support than usual as Christmas nears? I love the season, and my friends and family -- I'm already getting excited about Christmas! At the same time, though, I'm anticipating my emotional reserves getting a little low. How do you keep yourself perky while still being a sounding board and support system for loved ones at this time?