The holidays are such a stressful time of year, because in addition to everything you normally have to do, suddenly there are so many more expectations. Some of them are pleasant, such as having more parties to attend or trips planned, and some are simply extra work involving locating gifts and cooking food. Meditative techniques are a great way to de-stress and recharge, especially during a period when you feel you can't afford to.
Here is a way to imagine this, so you can see how powerful this technique is. Imagine that someone just told you that there is a briefcase full of millions of dollars setting on a porch step in the city you live in, waiting for you to come claim it. The only problem is that you don't know where it is exactly. Getting to the briefcase could be a challenging experience, but you know that if you had a map and your questions about how to get there answered, you could definately get there and claim your briefcase! Having a map creates a bridge between you and your desired outcome.