December 13, 2016 – Issue 48
Photo: Merry Christmas (Marsha Fagerstrom) © www.flickr.com
Twelve days and counting down until December 25th – Christmas Day! Are you one of those procrastinators who wait until the last minute to complete your Christmas shopping, baking and decorating? You probably already have enough stress and things going on in your life, so why add more anxiety to it. With a bit of planning you could spread out this work instead of trying to get it all done within a day or two at the last minute.
“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service.
To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
Start now by making a list of everything that needs to be completed; people you need to purchase gifts for, food you will need for your special meals and/or parties. Then, identify for each day between now and Christmas if you have anything else that is scheduled such as school concerts and holiday parties which you are required to attend. Then, lay out for each of the days you don’t have something to do and schedule in the activities you need to perform. As part of your planning, you may want to hit the malls earlier than later to complete your gift and food shopping to avoid the largest crowds prior to the holidays’. This would also include if you need to get your children’s picture done with Santa. Why expose them to all the stress and crowds during this time.
“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.
In the eyes of children, they are all thirty feet tall.”
If you have young children, you may be able to work out a comprise with your family / neighbors’ that they care for your children so this frees you do to your shopping without the children around and you can do the same for them. If it is your turn to have the group of children on hand, arrange to create Christmas ornaments or homemade gifts or have a tree decorating party in which everyone can help hang the ornaments or plan for some fun holiday baking.
If this year is your turn to have everyone over for a holiday meal, why not arrange to have a potluck instead of having to prepare the whole meal. This would help to reduce the stress of all the work in having to shop for the food and prepare the meal, save on the cost and then everyone can bring their favorite dish. This is especially true if you are having a large gathering for the holidays and if there are individuals who have a special dietary need this will ensure that there are dishes that they will be able to eat.
“Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good-will,
to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
With just 12 days left until Christmas don’t waste another precious moment. Start today by planning to get things organized and prepared for the holiday season and start to get things marked off your “Holiday To Do List”.
Wishing you and your love ones all the best for this Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year. And don’t forget to PLAN to schedule sometime just for yourself so you can regenerate, reflect and be ready for 2017.