Calm during the Holiday Season

Well, It is that time of year–where we pull our hair out with so much to do– working, shopping, cooking, decorating, wrapping, entertaining and always feeling tired–ah, we forgot “resting”.

It is difficult this time of year to feel calm and collected, not to mention the fact that in many states there is bad weather with which to contend.  This make it particularly hard for those who must work outdoors like those of us delivering Lawn Displays and Yard Cards this time of year.

“Gifts of time and Love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas”.-Peg Bracken

Some suggestions to make the Holidays calmer.

* Make homemade gifts—they are usually treasured more than store-bought items. (This year I made tie-dyed shirts for the younger set).
* If you must shop, do it early in the morning or late at night if you have stores that stay open late or all night. (Less people, less lines at check-out)
* Find a charity and make it a family event to take presents, clothes or whatever the charity needs. Take it TO the charity with your children. It is a great teaching tool for children and puts their life “needs” instead of “wants” into perspective.
*Plan a special Christmas Craft that you can do with your children or neighbor children.
* Make Christmas cookies while listening to Christmas music.
* Take some homemade Christmas cookies or candies to the neighbors.
* Watch Holiday family Movies such as  Hallmark Christmas CD’s, such as “The Dog Named Christmas”.  Found at HallMark Gold Crown stores.
* Discuss the importance of caring for and sharing with others during this season.
* Take some time for quiet without TV or cell phones to be together as a family at home maybe talking about the season.
* Make homemade decorations.
* Encourage kids to make a coupon book to give to parents or grandpareants for Christmas.