5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays:

1. Get your shopping done early 

Take advantage of sales! Whether you start in July or November, pay attention to sales. Create a list of all the people and situations you need gifts for  (family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, parties, etc) Come up with gift ideas early on and you will know exactly what to look for. By getting your shopping done and out of the way by the end of November, you will be able to better enjoy the reason for the season.


2. Practice self-care

The holidays can be a stressful time. Family, parties, gifts, the hustle and bustle. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Christmas is a time to focus on family, giving, and for many, the religious aspect. It’s easy to get caught up in it all. Take time for yourself. Exercise, drink plenty of water, and get to bed on time. By taking time for yourself, you will be able to face the holiday season straight on.


3. Focus on the reason for the season. 

It’s easy to get caught up in the materialistic aspect of Christmas. Take time to focus on the meaning of the season. Reread the story of the birth of Christ. Find a service project to engage in. Focus on giving instead of receiving. In doing so, you will feel peace, joy and happiness this season.


4. It’s okay to say no

It’s okay to say no. Remember not to overextend yourself or participate in activities that you aren’t interested in, cause unnecessary stress, etc. Focus on your favorite parts of the season instead. Plan ahead which activities you would like to participate in and which you will say no to. Once you say no, stick with it and don’t feel guilty about it.


5. Keep it simple.

Remember to keep it simple. Neighbor/coworker/teacher gifts don’t have to break the bank or be too time consuming. Pinterest is a great place to get inexpensive ideas. Last year, we did a box of brownie mix with a poem and it was a huge hit! So easy and inexpensive. Another idea is to talk to your neighbors/coworkers about not exchanging gifts at all. 


We we hope these tips help you to enjoy the holidays to the fullest!

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