Tips & Tricks
Christmas cards take time – use online cards they are every bit as heartfelt with great graphics. Or, better yet, set aside an evening to call your dear friends just to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.
When you bring a present home, wrap it immediately, alleviating the need to wrap 40 packages on Christmas Eve.
During the holidays, a good idea might be staying close to the hearth instead of traveling. Discover the fun of the holiday with a “stay-cation” that allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn.
Make the holiday memorable by spending time with your family and friends doing art activities, playing music, providing plenty of outdoor time, cooking meals together, reading, playing games and watching movies. Build memories to recall for years in the future.
Also, remember to devote some time to your well-being. Take a yoga or exercise break. Spend an afternoon getting a pedicure or facial. Make time for a long, scented bath. Take a walk in the woods and meditate. Whatever helps you unwind and sleep will allow you to wake well-rested—and ready for more holiday fun.
Most importantly – when you walk through the door of your home, put a stop to the craziness of the outside world. This is the season for you and for your family, so make time and room for love. Give lots of hugs and good wishes. When you feel the love of the holidays, you will get all you want for Christmas.
Think of others –
Think local first
More and more people try to save the drive, the traffic, and the parking nightmares (not to mention the long lines) by shopping online. But have you thought about the impact on our local economy and what this does to our neighboring businesses? Think about shopping at the local small businesses close to your home. It will save you the long, headache-inducing trips to the mall and your neighborhood merchants will love you.
When thinking of others, consider the causes that are most important for you and your family – is it adopting a family or perhaps supporting an agency that has offered meaningful help?
Look around your community to benefit local recipients.