12 Ways to Celebrate the Season with Joy

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Twelve Ideas to make the Holiday Season Less Stressful and More Enjoyable for All:

Buy Online

Send out your Holiday cards early this year, the post office has made it easy for us all as you can pre-order holiday stamps online.

Make a List

Sit down with the kids and come up with a short list of ideas for family activities. Try to keep it local or even better at home!

Slow Down.

Rather than spend every weekend out shopping or getting selfies at all the local holiday events just stay home and enjoy the free Holiday movies on the TV. 

Keep it Simple

Decorate with flowers to bring in color and a natural fragrance. Think red, white, and green arrangements.

Family First

Focus on what is most important to your family. Let go of the tasks that you think everyone wants and shorten your to-do list.

Buy a Pre-Made Gingerbread House

Decorate a Gingerbread House or Gingerbread People with your little ones. Trader Joes sells a Gingerbread House making kit during the holiday season to make it a little more simple for the non-bakers!

No fireplace? No Problem!

Hang Christmas stockings on the back of chairs and instantly make the dining table area more festive. Perhaps delay putting the smaller gifts in them until Christmas Eve to prevent tiny fingers from making holes in them!

Eat.

Make your own foodie twelve days of Christmas chart with the family. Let each family member pick the menu for one meal each day. Be warned you may end up eating gummy worms and chocolate cake one evening but hey it is the holidays!

Keep it simple.

No family needs three different types of potatoes but they do want smiles around the lunch/dinner table. Take a vote and decide how to simplify the Christmas meal this year.

Read.

Every evening for the month of December either while you prepare dinner or after dinner have one person in the family read a book out loud while the other family members just sit and listen.

Shop local.

Rather than drive hours away or get stuck in traffic this holiday season, why not shop local and support the community? Give everyone a budget and make it a fun challenge.

Be Happy

….with how it all turns out. If the dinner comes out late, or the non-RSVPs turn up unexpected, and the decoration is not exactly how you imagined it via Pinterest just let it be! Aim for smiles rather than completing your to-do list.

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