I have to say I might march to a different beat during the holiday season. I enjoy it! I love the tree, the movies, the good food, the festive atmosphere and the gift of giving.
While seeing family and fitting in all the obligations can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be as awful as some think. With a calm mind and a sense of humor, the holidays can be a blast!
Here are half a dozen ways to relax and enjoy the festivities:
1) Plan Ahead
Even though we’re only a couple of weeks away, get the gifts done now. Shopping online is easy and great deals can be had, often with free shipping. Why tangle with the stores if you don’t have to?
If you do have to hit the mall, go on a weekday during the day if you can, or for a couple of hours in the evening, after the post-work rush.
Make a list and check the layout of the stores on line. Go from one end of the mall to the other and try not to deviate from the list.
Once you’re done, spend a few minutes window-shopping or sit and enjoy the sights and sounds with a hot chocolate. Everyone has 10 minutes to spare -- make use of it by taking a timeout after shopping.
Avail yourself of gift wrapping services and label as soon as they are done. Gift wrapping at stores is done beautifully and saves a ton of time at home.
Enjoy a chair massage if your mall offers them. It’s a great way to have sore muscles worked on, and you’ll sleep well that night.
Freebies are everywhere this time of year at stores -- complimentary hot chocolates, cookies, wine samples and imported cheeses. Savor them all!
Nobody cares if you come home 30 minutes late than planned. Throw caution to the wind and enjoy yourself. The world won’t end because you had a little “me” time while shopping.
When it comes to hosting parties and dinner on the day itself, don’t work alone! For Christmas or Hanukkah dinners, ask each person to bring just one dish. It’s easy for them and takes a huge load off you.
If you designate salads, large dishes, sides and desserts, you may only end up having to heat and serve!