How to Dress for Christmas 2018

In 2017, the US government approved a bill that allows children and adults to decorate their homes with Christmas themed books, furniture, and other items.

However, many decorators are finding that the practice of decorating your home with Christmas decorations has been criticized for promoting unhealthy holiday habits and triggering anxiety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 children ages 5 to 15 are currently living with an eating disorder. 

Decorating with Christmas presents is not just for children and teenagers.

According the US Centers for Education and the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a significant portion of children and teens who live with an Eating Disorder report that they feel they cannot do things like decorate and shop in peace during Christmas.

According to the National Center for Eating Disorders, about 3.3 million Americans have an Eating Disorders diagnosis.

The CDC estimates that about 30 percent of children with an ADHD diagnosis live in a household with an adult who is an Eating or Behaviors Disorder.

According for the National Eating Disorders Association, an estimated 25 percent of all children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder have an eating or behavioral disorder.

Children who are bullied are also at risk for eating disorders and behavioral problems, and according to the CDC, children living in families where a parent or family member is an Ex-Adolescent, are at a higher risk for being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

According to an October 2017 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the prevalence of eating disorders among adolescents has increased significantly over the past several decades.

The prevalence of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders has increased by over 200 percent in the last two decades, the study found.

This year, many Americans are choosing to celebrate the holiday season with their loved ones.

However it can be difficult to make your home a festive place for all of your loved ones to enjoy.

When it comes to decorating, what can you do to create a healthy and festive home for yourself and your loved one? 

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the holiday spirit, consider using some of these tips to create an extra-special home for your loved-ones.

Keep an eye on your house and your children’s bedrooms.

When you have a few extra minutes, take time to make small gifts and decorations.

Have a few decorations, like a Christmas tree, to put up in the living room.

Create an outdoor seating area that will provide a space for family and friends to gather.

Have an outside-in table for kids to play with, and put up an extra decoration for your bedroom, or even a picture frame for your favorite toy.

Make a few special gifts for your family members.

Choose a gift that they will be able to enjoy, like Christmas trees, ornaments, and gifts for other holidays.

Have a family card that has the names of the loved ones who are in your life and give them the gift you’ve been meaning to give them for a while.

Make a list of Christmas wishes, and remember to include the names and contact information of your family, friends, and loved ones, and then choose the gifts that you would like to give.

Do a quick, DIY Christmas gift.

Take your time.

Do a quick DIY Christmas tree ornament and paint it yourself, or get creative with your own decorations.

You can use the same materials that you’d buy for a tree or ornament, or choose to decoratively customize it.

Use a spray bottle, spray paint, glue, or fabric to create the decorations.

Make a card that you can share with your family and close it with a bow.

You could also decorate your home using some old newspaper and some crayons, or maybe just add a ribbon to your wrapping paper. 

Find out more about the American Psychiatric Association’s Christmas 2018: Find a Resource