Dictionary offers several definitions of the word "holiday:"
A day on which one is exempt from work
A period of relaxation
Here is a Top Ten List that I hope will help you to have a restful
and happy holiday that reflects the true meaning of this joyous season.
CAROLE'S TOP TEN WAYS TO
CREATE A PEACEFUL & PURPOSEFUL HOLIDAY SEASON
Recall What You Learned Last Year. Unless you do things differently, your results won't be different.
Make Your List and Check it Twice.
Take the time (today) to make your lists and start planning time
in your schedule for the things that need to be done. Make sure to leave
some time for yourself.
Keep it Simple.
Remember that the true meaning of the holidays is to be among the
people that you love.
Stay Out of The Malls.
Do your holiday shopping online or through catalogs. You can
even have your gifts gift-wrapped and mailed for you- - one less thing for
you to have to do!
Ask For Help.
If entertaining, ask your guests to bring a dish to share.
Get your family to help with the shopping, wrapping, etc. Hire a cleaning
service, a handy-man. You get the idea.
Implement a Budget.
There's no sense in starting the New Year off with a chunk of
debt. (See #1,3,4)
Try Something Different. Why not start a new holiday
tradition like adopting a family in need, making donations to charities in
lieu of gifts, or helping out at a local food bank?
When Feeling Stressed, Breathe.
If you find the holiday activities getting the best of you,
take a deep breathe and pull yourself into a place of gratitude. After all,
isn't this what the holidays are all about?
Just Say No. If there is something that you are not feeling up to doing, don't
do it. Remember, soon you will have a whole new year awaiting youperhaps
there are some things that can wait.
Set Your Intention. What kind of holiday experience you have is entirely up to you.
Get clear about your intentions, embrace your ability to make choices, and
create the best holiday season ever!
Copyright 1996-2005 Carole L. Billingham