I presently have four lists in my back pocket, six in my pocketbook, two in my coat, three on the kitchen island and an unknown amount on or near my desk.
I have a rule about the holiday season; If it makes me stressed out, I don't do it.
Freaking out over money, gifts, relatives and food ruins the whole deal for me.
This is not to say that I don't ever stress about those things. When I start to (or after I have already lost it), I stop what I am doing.
I ask myself if this is something I really want to do.
If the answer is "no" I cut it out (baking anything, for example).
If the answer is "yes", then I stop complaining and figure out how to do it in a joyful way (ask someone else to bake or buy baked goods, for example).
Sounds like I am just tricking myself into having a Merry Christmas?
The mind trick and the lists, works every time.