Podcast 96: Set Your “Holiday Intention,” the Fun of Making Graham-Cracker Houses, and the Problem of Holiday Shared Work.

It’s time for the next installment of Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

Try This at Home

Set your holiday intention; in other words, figure out what you intend to get from your holiday experience.

Happiness Hack

To make a graham-cracker house, you build the “house” out of graham cracker sheets, use tub frosting to glue it together, let dry for several hours—then cover the house with frosting and decorate with candy, sprinkles, pretzels, marshmallows, licorice, etc. So easy, so fun!

graham cracker house awning

Happiness Stumbling Block

During the holidays, shared work can become a problem. (Here’s my post about shared work, which is one of my all-time favorite posts.)

Listener Question

Jenny asks, “I’m a librarian, and I want to give gifts to my volunteers — but I don’t have a big budget. Any ideas?”


Once again, I left my gift-buying too late. I knew what I should do, but I just didn’t do it.

Gold Star

Elizabeth gives a gold star to her in-laws for making handmade tamales each year. It’s a lot of work, and they do it each year.

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