Women from across American share 60 proven tips on how to get the most enjoyment out the holiday season.
Don't stress over the little stuff, it's not about $ or perfection. It's about good memories with the ones we love.
Do only what you can and leave the rest to others
Make gift giving about bettering the community or world. Volunteer at a soup kitchen our other meaningful organization. Purchase fairly traded goods. Gift to charitable organizations. If you have larger family gatherings, have a "Bad Santa" gift exchange where everyone buys one gift (within an agreed upon spending limit). And plays the game by drawing numbers. Number one chooses the first gift. Subsequent numbers can either swipe a gift from someone or keep their gift. At the end, number one gets the final say as to what gift they want to swipe or keep. This is a big help on the budget and creates fun and laughter for adults.
It's not about the gifts it's about spending time with you family and friends
Take some alone time to enjoy the lights, do some baking and listen to music
Enjoy the moment and one step at a time. Don't worry too much!
Be thankful for what you have.
One day at a time. Something with family each day, even if it is a walk around the block to look at lights, just be together and enjoy the time of music and lights. It doesn't have to be about the money.
It's about family. But most folks are about buying the biggest or best gifts.
Be realistic in what you can get done. Do not spread yourself too thin.
Plan and do what you need or want alone if no one else will share...with flare cocoa, eggnog, etc...make it fun, whether or not anyone else shows up!
Just enjoy the day and remember what the holiday season is really about. Enjoy it. The little things are what will be remembered.
Focus on Christ and making others happy
Relax, slow down and enjoy!'
Prepare ahead if possible whether for time off or finances from time off work.
Buy Christmas gifts throughout the year. Always delegate when planning parties. One day at a time. Make a budget.
It's all fun don't sweat the small stuff and its all small stuff
Collect moments, not things. Don't feel like everything has to perfect or you won't have time to enjoy it or be present in the moment.
Plan ahead always
Don't try to do it all
Eat. Enjoy the season with food and fellowship. Don’t forget the reason for the season.
Spend it with your single friends or take a trip to the Caribbean
It doesn't have to be perfect.
Breathe. Don't feel pressured. Do it your way.
Do as much as possible ahead of time. Some things will not get done at all, and that's ok. Focus on people rather than things.
Cymbalta...its a great antianxiety medicine...
Chill don't forget your medication
Focus on the people not the stuff
Remember the real reasons why we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Be in the moment; no one is promised a tomorrow. My kids will remember the family time and will carry forward our traditions
I try to keep things simple
A nice alcoholic holiday drink when things get stressful.
I just take it one day at a time. Just love and be blessed
Just be happy and do what's right for your children and for your bank account!
Don't get overwhelmed. It's all about spending time with those you love and doing acts of kindness for others.
This year, I am trying to be very conscious about what I commit us to as a married couple, since in the past we have fought over the stress of trying to make it to everything. I have already decided not to organize several get-togethers we usually do in December, with the hope that if we don't over-commit to things, we won't be as stressed, and (fingers crossed!) we won't get into a big fight this year! :)
Enjoy the time and do not stress so much about what could be better.
Get massages, pedicures & manis during the holidays just to relax.
Just live smile and enjoy family while you still have them. Life is too short to hate anything out anyone
Share as much time with family!
Don't stress, just enjoy your family!
Task lists. Keep it simple. Remember the goal is to enjoy. If your too stressed then probably need to eliminate the amount of things your doing
Agree on the number of presents and a dollar limit for everyone. Have everyone make a list but if you see something you KNOW they would like, you can stray from the list. Make sure you communicate so no one buys the same thing.
Plan and prepare what you can early. Relax and let others help!
Don't over commit
Plan earlier in the year.
Don't spend too much money - make a budget
Keep Jesus in your mind
Take it all in stride and get support when you need it
Relax, do the best you can! The family is the most important part of the holidays! They will remember the time they spent with them, not the meals and the gifts!
Make it simple by making Jesus the reason for the season, help people that don't have enough to celebrate the season
Just put yourself in the holiday mood, be yourself, enjoy family and enjoy what you did for the holidays and congratulate yourself for a job well done
My kids are 27 and 32 years of age. I still ask them to send me their wish list for Christmas. That way, I know I am getting them what they want and need.
It's better if it's more about being with your loved ones, and not so much about the food, presents, and frolic... even though I just said my favorite thing is the presents... because, for me, that's the thing I look forward to, since I don't get to see anyone... but, I do love the phone calls!! If you know someone as lonely as me, then please call them on the holidays, and let them know you love them. Even if they say they're not lonely, I think they probably are. No one likes to ruin others' holidays by saying they're lonely, so no one really says, "I'm lonely; please call me."
Easy to say, my tip is to keep it in perspective. I don't necessarily follow it.
Do something for people who don't have much and need help financially or help with things around their homes.
Try to relax!