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Does the long season from post-Halloween through the New Year leave you feeling drained, confused, lonely, stressed, out-of-control, cranky, or like you’re missing something?

You need a survival plan, and someone to hold your hand during the entire season.

Coffee and Eggnog Holiday Survival Guide builds a Survival Plan that’s specific to you, and gives you support from before Thanksgiving to after New Year’s Day. The Survival Plan covers everything from:

  • making a budget for the season so you don’t have to be panicked about money, to
  • navigating disagreements with your partner, to
  • setting realistic expectations relating to kids and kid activities, to
  • setting up supports for yourself so you already have things in place when you need comfort or rest, to
  • establishing and maintaining boundaries with extended family, to
  • fitting in work and everything else you’re trying to do, to
  • managing food and food issues throughout the long season, to
  • deciding which rituals and traditions make sense for you to maintain, to
  • protecting your heart in the middle of the chaos, and more.

Once you have your Survival Plan you just stick to it for the season and don’t have to make a bunch of little decisions that wear you out.

There are two ways to do Coffee and Eggnog:

DIY Coffee and Eggnog

(This is the cheap way, because you do all the work yourself.)

  • Start the course now, and it runs through January 2.
  • You get one email every morning (see a sample here) of the course.
  • The emails ask you all the questions you need to answer for yourself to build your Survival Plan.
  • After you have your plan, the emails support you through the thick of the holiday season so you don’t get sucked under by stress and expectations.

Only $27. (See—it’s the cheap way.)

If you want to use SquareCash instead of PayPal, send the money to $MagdaMedia and put the email address to use for the course in the memo line. Or send through Venmo to @MagdaMedia with the email in the memo line.

If you want to give a gift and pay with PayPal, don’t click the button to pay–just send a payment to magdamedia @ with the email address to use in the memo line.

Custom Coffee and Eggnog

(The more expensive way, because I do the work of building the plan for you)

  • You and I communicate (IM/email/Skype/phone/whatever) for long enough for me to figure out where your challenging spots and priorities are.
  • I send you your written Holiday Survival Plan.
  • You still get the Coffee and Eggnog email every day through January 2.
  • You follow your plan, and use the emails for support to stay above the stress.



Not sure yet?

I do a lot of work helping people navigate the long Christmas season without losing themselves. This new course for 2017, Coffee and Eggnog, is more practical and immediate because it comes to you every morning. I’ve based it on feedback about the website I do with Shannon Ford and on the book I wrote a few years ago. See what people say about my work:

“One of my new holiday traditions is the Advent Calendar for Depressed People. It’s a welcome oasis during a season when things can be dark behind the glow of the tree lights. Shannon and Magda’s posts are honest, heartfelt, and, despite the blog title, even humorous. It’s like having a warm cup of cocoa with a friend who totally gets you … a safe, nonjudgmental space with someone else saying, “Hey, I feel that way too,” and offering some comfort that you’re not the only one who doesn’t necessarily feel “merry and bright.” If you struggle with navigating through that “most wonderful time of the year,” you’ll find guidance here, and you’ll wish Advent lasted just a little longer.” — Lenore

Reviews of my book Get Christmased:

“Magda is a master at breaking down systems into intelligible pieces, and then helping you build something meaningful of your own. She does this on her website,, and she does it here in this book. Christmas can be fraught with expectations and obligations, and yet her gentle voice guides the process of cutting the BS and taking charge of your holiday season. This is a fast read, but a deep dive. I’m definitely going to be recommending it to others.” — Laura

“This was a fantastic way to work through all the issues (emotional and logistical) that the holidays bring up. I feel like I’m going into Christmas with a plan and a purpose! Also, for me, reading Moxie’s advice to those with really unhealthy family relationships — that it’s not fair and you don’t have to play into those dynamics — was so comforting and validating. I’m ready to enjoy Christmas.” — Anonymous