1. Plan, Plan, Plan. – Seriously. If you are traveling, plan ahead, if you are hosting, plan ahead, if you just have to buy gifts for your loved ones, plan ahead. I like to write down what needs to be accomplished for the holiday.
Procrastinations = Stress = Crazy Mommy + Holiday 10lbs = MORE STRESS
2. Shop Online. Avoid the holiday crowds. I love shopping online.
3. LAUGH – Make time for holiday fun. We have several things planned during the holidays that I know for sure we will have fun doing. Laughing is one of the best way to reduce stress, and the chances you are making memories are a lot greater if you are laughing.
4. Fight the holiday bulge and stress by making time for yourself. Schedule gym time and make sure you are eating a healthy diet. Both will help you handle Post Office woes, family fears, and toy-store terrors in a much more civilized manner.
5. If you have kids, head to the library early and rent those must see holiday movies, or books to get your children in the spirit. Nothing worse then when your little one has zero selection at the holiday books. This also may save you from reading the same book over and over and over and over….
6. Get your Holiday Cards out of the way so as not to worry about dealing with slow postal service. Tiny Prints Christmas Cards is a great way to get that done.
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7. Avoid holiday party binging by eating before you leave for your events. That way you won’t feel the need to nosh on all those, “Moment on the lips, forever on the hips” goodies.
8. Take time to give back. Teach your children about the spirit of giving. Sign up for a mitten tree, toy drive, or if you can adopt a family in need. Your child will learn the pleasure of giving to those in need.
9. When it comes to sending gifts out for the holidays, make sure you get them out before December 15th. You will avoid long lines and hefty prices that way.
10. When all else fails, escape to a tropical retreat until the Holiday Madness is over. Just don’t forget to take me with you!!
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