Every educator I know wants the holidays to be a happy time. We go out of our way to fill the days leading up to the holiday break with fun, engaging lessons, moments of levity, and shared good cheer. When it’s time to send our students off for the year, we do so with a party and the belief that the down time will be one of relaxation and reinvigoration for all of us. The ugly truth is that for many of our students this is not so. Instead of a time of relaxation, the holidays can be one of stress and sadness for many, including our students.