As joyous as the holiday season may seem, it can also be a source of anxiety -- particularly where expenses are concerned. If a combination of gift shopping, necessary regular payments, and a sudden emergency situation puts you in a financial bind, here are four ways you can relieve the pressure temporarily. 1. Friendly Loans You'll never find a more sympathetic lender than a loved one. Friends and relatives are likely to let you borrow some money (assuming that they have the money to spare), typically at minimal or zero interest.