Hello and welcome back! Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away? I sure can’t! Come to think of it, a week from today it will be Black Friday. Before we know it Christmas will be here. I think we better get down to business and finish up this series!

Pick and Choose

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year, and our schedules can become jammed packed very quickly. Before you begin committing to any holiday parties, or events, have a family meeting to decide what activities mean the most to you, and your family. Once you have those family activities planned, then start to consider other invites you will accept. Avoid overbooking your calendar, you are going to need “down” time, and it is also nice to have some open time to do spur of the moment things. Be very selective, and only choose the activities that will bring you happiness and love, not drain you.

 

Holiday Correspondence

What will it be this year? Maybe a card, a photo, or an annual letter? What will the theme be, my message, will I include a photo? Maybe you decide you won’t send Christmas cards this year, or you want to scale back your list a bit. It’s all up to you, and what makes you happy. No requirements here! If you plan on sending a correspondence out this year then start planning now. Gather up all the names and addresses of the people you will send a correspondence to, and also start to consider the above mentioned details.

Odds and Ends

ask for help-you don’t have to do it all

accept imperfection-take the pressure off, you don’t have to be perfect and no one expect you to.

say NO!

take time for yourself-go for a walk, a hike, get a manicure. Whatever it is that makes you feel better, do it

take deep breaths, but don’t hyperventilate- in through the nose and out through the mouth slowly

get rest and eat healthy

and when all else fails-Keep Calm and Drink Eggnog!

Thank you for joining me for the series. I would love to hear your thoughts. Did you find the tips and tricks useful? What ones would you consider incorporating this Holiday Season?  Do you have any tips or tricks you use to take the stress out of the holidays?

Here’s to a stress free Holiday Season!!!
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