EnJOYing the Holidays

It's that time of year again... Christmas is right around the corner. What a wonderful time of year!! A time with family and friends, a time to open presents and enjoy delicious food, to play in the snow, and enjoy beautiful lights in the windows. It’s my absolute favorite time of year!

For many people though (including myself), it can also be a little stressful. The thought of buying gifts for my family, friends, and even co-workers can feel overwhelming to say the least. What does everyone want and when will I find time to do all that shopping? Let’s be honest, giving is a joy but the process can be grueling. All this to say there are some great tips and tools everyone can use to help relieve some of that holiday stress and maybe, just maybe, allow a little time to relax and enjoy the season.

Tip 1: Start shopping early. I’ve never quite conquered this suggestion but I know several people who do and how wonderful it must be. Think of the extra time this allows for things like baking, sending Christmas cards ,and even a Netflix binge or two. If you didn’t start early, no worries, online shopping with free shipping is a great way to get lots of shopping done in your PJs.

Tip 2: Homemade gifts. If you’re on a tight budget but still have lots of gifts to buy, understand that you won’t be able to accommodate everyone. Better yet, get creative and create your own gifts for your loved ones, such as a homemade card or a hand-crafted item. These are some wonderful resources: www.pinterest.com , www.hgtv.com , www.diyncrafts.com

Tip 3: Remember what you're thankful for. Getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season leaves little time to reflect. Take time each day at the dinner table, before bed, or even on the way to work to remember the blessings in your life. The bigs ones such as family and friends may come to mind, but don’t forget the little ones such as a job, a warm bed at night, food to eat. There are too many people who don’t get to enjoy these simple luxurious.

Tip 4: Give back. Volunteering can be a great way to get your mind off the stress of the holidays and focus on others. There are so many great organizations out there that need help this time of year. A great place to start is searching online through websites such as www.justgiving.com or www.volunteermatch.org.

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