Dr. Sarno says in Healing Back Pain that many of us feel pain from TMS holiday stress: "One often hears or reads that holidays may be stressful. What should be a time of relaxation and fun often turns out to be unpleasant for some people. I have been struck by the fact that many patients will report the onset of attacks of TMS before, during, or shortly after major holidays. "The reason is obvious: big holidays [like Christmas and New Years Eve] usually mean a lot of work, particularly for women, who take the responsibility in our culture for organizing and carrying out the festivities. And, of course, society demands that this be done cheerfully, with a smile. Usually the women are completely unaware that they are generating quantities of resentment, and the onset of pain comes as a complete surprise." I add that memories of past Christmases can be stressful, especially those at which we didn't get the present we so badly wanted. Remember the boy wanting a b-b gun in "A Christmas Story"? My stepfather gave me a gift to open and I was overjoyed to find new ice skates. Then he said he was sorry but they were for my older brother and instead gave me a set of Lincoln logs to build things with. To this day I hate Lincoln logs. I also wanted a toy typewriter but never got one. Still, I remember the happy Christmases. That's what we all have to do. Merry ho! ho!