How to say "goodbye" to holiday stress & "hello" to a more joyful season
How much joy do you feel during the holidays?
If you’re like many people, the spirit of the season comes with a side of stress.
In fact, research shows that nearly 8 in 10 Americans have a hard time relaxing during the holiday season1— with too much pressure to socialize and be festive a major source of holiday stress and depression.2
Before holiday stress becomes overwhelming, stop it from snowballing. There’s plenty you can do to manage holiday stress and get more joy out of the season!
In this month’s Visual Insights Newsletter, we explore the causes of holiday stress and effective ways to deal with it. Click here to see it!
When it comes to holiday stress, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But with the right mindset and strategies, you can cut through the stress and truly enjoy the holiday season, instead of just trying to survive it!
Your Eagle Wealth Team
As Medicare’s open enrollment period is due to end December 7th, recipients of the program are preparing for a larger-than-expected jump in prices for premiums and deductibles.1,2
For example, Medicare Part B monthly premiums are set to rise to $170.10, a 14.5% increase and much higher than the estimate of 6.7%. The deductible for Part B will rise to $233, a 14.8% increase. The Part A deductible will increase to $1,556, up $72 in 2022.2
While many Medicare programs will carry over if participants take no action, it’s not clear that everyone is aware of the increase that’s coming. According to a recent survey from MedicareGuide.com, 67% of beneficiaries hadn’t looked at their choices by mid-November, while the Kaiser Family Foundation discovered that 71% don’t review their options at all during the open enrollment period.1
For many Americans, Medicare remains a vital program, keeping healthcare affordable. In this final week of the open enrollment, it’s definitely worth your time to familiarize yourself with the changes and the options you might select for your coverage. If that’s a concern, get started right away at Medicare.gov.
One of our wonderful clients shared a favorite holiday recipe with us. We can’t wait to get to work this week and try it for ourselves. This Pumpkin Dutch Apple Pie recipe features a layer of crisp, crunchy apples topped with creamy pumpkin and sprinkled with a crumble topping.
Send us your favorite recipe and we’ll share it in our newsletter.
Pumpkin Dutch Apple Pie
- 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
- 2 cups peeled, cored, thinly sliced green apples
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 1 1/2 cups 100% pure pumpkin
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Combine apples, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons flour, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl; pour into pie shell.
- Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, melted butter, remaining 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in medium bowl; pour over apple mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Combine remaining 1/2 cup flour, nuts and remaining 5 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixtures resembles coarse crumbs.
- Remove pie from oven; sprinkle with crumble topping. Return to oven; bake for 20 minutes or until custard is set. Cool completely on wire rack.