Ten Tips to Keep the Holly-days Jolly-days!

credit @Flickr:  Mark Gaw

credit @Flickr: Mark Gaw

  1. Remember that this is the holiday season and it’s the journey not the destination. Take time to enjoy and be mindful.
  2. Plan ahead. Organize your parties, events, shopping, meals and gifts on paper or online and consult your notes frequently.
  3. Streamline shopping. Shop with a plan and a budget. Gift certificates, magazine subscriptions and memberships are always appreciated. If you want to shop “local”, call ahead to make sure the store has what you’re looking for. And if you must go to the mall, go first thing in the morning or in the evening. Never go to the mall on a weekend.
  4. Exercise. It’s good for the mind and body.
  5. Ask for help and /or delegate. Don’t shoulder the burden for everything this holiday. Potlucks are a great way to share favorite dishes. Remember that kids and spouses are capable. Just be open to letting them do things their way!
  6. Take a chore and turn it into a party! Get your friends together to enjoy present wrapping, card writing or cookie baking. Remember…it’s the journey, not the destination!
  7. Keep a gratitude journal. Every night before you go to sleep write down five things you are grateful for. Whether it’s as simple as the warm sun shining upon your face or as big as having your elderly parents close to you as they age, it’s a good way to connect to the things in life that are really important.
  8. Create a new yet simple tradition. Whether it’s a drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights, or watching a silly Christmas movie, take something simple and give it meaning.
  9. Take some time to give back. Our Second Chance Toys drive or one of the “Adopt a Child” programs gives new meaning to the holiday season. Better yet, share that good feeling with your friends so that they join in to help others as well.
  10. Take a deep breath, be thankful for the goodness around you, and celebrate the journey we call life.

Originally published 12/01/11

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