Thursday, November 10, 2011

Preparing for the Season!!

The holiday season is officially upon us. Christmas is only how many weeks away…..?? Yup, 7 weeks away? Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday that my kids went back to school, didn’t I just attend that back to school night?? The year has flown by and soon a new year will be upon us. 

With the holidays fast approaching along comes all the joyful festivities that come along with.  There are family gatherings, holiday decorating, shopping, wrapping presents, gift giving and receiving. But with all that can come stress and anxiety. I thoroughly enjoy the holidays but I can attest to that feeling of being overwhelmed at times.  Sometimes that feeling of being overwhelmed can take away the whole meaning and magic of Christmas.  It goes by with the blink of an eye, this year I vow to be different.

A few things I plan to do different this year:

1.  Plan my shopping list NOW! 
           - I keep a copy with me wherever I go.  You never know when that certain item might appear for that special someone.

2.  Not having enough money
            - Well, I don't think we ever feel we have enough money.  The key here is communication.  Be honest with your family about your gift-giving preferences.  Let them hear your ideas and  listen to theirs.  You can exchange pollyannas, homemade gifts or set a price limit.

3.  Most importantly, Enjoy the holiday season to the fullest!
            - Savor every moment.  With this time of year being so busy it just makes the time seem to go by even faster.  Take the time to really enjoy the moments with your family.  Share the magic with your children.  Just seeing their faces light up when we put up the outside lights or decorate the tree just melts my heart.  It makes it all worth it!

Enjoy the upcoming holiday season!

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