The 2017 holiday season is becoming a distant memory. Gifts have either been returned or thoroughly enjoyed, the weight gain from holiday treats is slowly melting away, and the decorations have all been packed up. While some feel a sense of sadness that they have to wait another year before the jolly old man will be comin’ to town again, others feel a sense of relief that they made it through another season.

As it turns out, the holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year (rather than the most wonderful). According to new research conducted by Christmas tree retailer Treetopia, Americans really felt the pressure during the 2017 holiday season. The three graphics below highlight the results of their survey.

A regional breakdown of holiday stress in the US. Women were 1.2 times more likely to feel stressed. The vast majority of Americans felt stress during the holidays.

While stress was widely felt across the country, Women seemed to feel the most pressure. This could be because many of the “stressful” aspects of the holidays fall into the laps of females. Many women are responsible for cooking the holiday meals, checking off all the gifts on the list, and cleaning before guests arrive.

There might be some high expectations for the holiday season, but it should be a joyful time. If you’re in that 71% who felt stressed in 2017, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your traditions for the season. What is it that was stressing you out? Drop that habit, and do something simpler instead. For example, are you tired of having to make a big, fancy dinner? Order in pizza. As it turns out, Christmas is a popular time for calling up your local Domino’s. Making these small changes during the 2018 holiday season could help to lower the percentage of Americans who feel stressed by the holidays.

Did you feel stressed out during this past holiday season, too? Share your holiday experiences in the comments below!