I know the holidays are hectic for most folks, and I suppose they are for me as well. Still, I like having more time in the morning to drink my coffee and peruse my Google Reader feed. (I actually hate Google's aesthetic, so I use the Reeder client for Mac, which I highly recommend.)
In any case, this morning I found this surprisingly useful article by Matthew May about three simple ways to quiet the mind: Meditation, pulsing, and daydream walks. I kind of know about all three techniques, but I don't practice any that well. His article is a good, short read for anyone overwhelmed by holiday planning, or for anyone who like me is trying to meet 2013 with a more healthy frame of mind. Worth a few minutes of your time.