Holidays & Parties
Nov 17, 2011

17 holiday sanity saving tips from our facebook readers

By: Natalie DiScala
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Holidays & Parties
Nov 17, 2011

17 holiday sanity saving tips from our facebook readers

By: Natalie DiScala
Each year, I promise myself I won't get caught up in the potential madness of the holiday season. In order to keep this promise to myself, I need to get organized well in advance - but the prep work pays off, leaving me time for the only thing that really matters to me: Sitting in front of the gentle glow of the Christmas tree with my family. We checked in with our Facebook readers to find out what their holiday sanity-saving tips are. Here's what they had to say: I concentrate on what is important, family and friends, I don't fuss and bake and make myself crazy anymore ...it works! Gladis Flatt I purchase baking, jams, chutneys, sweets, etc. at charity Christmas fairs. They're reasonably priced, and you get a lot of variety while contributing to great causes. Pat Battles I am getting organized now and have started a list of things I need to buy or make. My husband and I buy gifts for each other and our son and no other family members ... we each have 16 nephews and nieces so the gifts stopped a long time ago. We keep it simple and just enjoy a few small family gatherings. Carolin Cnossen Every morning we sit by the fire with our coffee and relax before the day - then in the evening do the same thing - maybe not with coffee. It's about friends and famiy - good food and good times. Enough of the expensive craziness that goes on. SweetArt Supplies I start organizing a few months in advance so that there is no panic in the end. All is done gradually and in due time. Works out great every time. No need to go crazy, otherwise it would be a not-so-happy time of year. Line Lévesque Ativan. Kim Gordon Meditate (or pray) every morning and then focus on giving the gift of love, forget the need for greed ... spend time as a family with those less fortunate; shine your light and carry peace forward to all. Christine Smith Allard I make a list of things to bake and who gets what and then just do it. Only bought presents are for my boyfriend, my dog and my cat. Keep it simple. Heather Watson I'm a mom who likes holiday decorating, but grudgingly I gave up on decorating for Christmas a few years ago. My 9-year-old and her dad take care of it all. I'm not crazy about their aesthetic, but they have fun, and letting them take ownership is less stressful for me than "sharing tasks" and going nuts because I can't have my way! But no one messes with my Christmas dinner, though. Stopped going to big, extended-family events years ago, and I love puttering about my own kitchen, making heirloom dishes that I love. Yuki Hayashi My daughter (age 14) and I have a great time making homemade bath bombs ... fresh swags ... and baking ... then give most away as gifts. It's not work because it's OUR special time together. She loves giving input to the process, puts herself in her gifts and we have great mom/daughter time ... Kim Burke A glass of bubble a day! Calms the nerves quite nicely. Nessa van Bergen I start right after Boxing Day for the next years. By September I have all my Christmas gift for the next years to come, so then i enjoy the my time with family and friends. Joan George My husband and I celebrate our own version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Instead of giving each other grand gifts, we plan 12 date days around the holidays doing fun (and usually inexpensive) activities together - like sledding, skating and baking cookies. We feel it's much more meaningful to gift those you love with experiences and memories rather than unwanted tchotchkes that will only gather dust. Plus, who doesn't like dates? Dajana Fabjanovich Online shopping. Just say no to the malls. Trina Maclean Get all your shopping done by December 1st so you can enjoy the fun parts of Christmas in December. My husband I make a table on the computer and list all the gifts we are going to buy for everyone, then as we buy the presents we highlight them and put in the amount we spent. This also keeps us on-track budget wise. My husband I email the list back and forth to each other as we buy things so we both have updated lists. We also are big online shoppers so that saves a lot of time. Grace Senseandsimplicity Giving my three daughters loaded VISA cards as their big gift and concentrating on fun stuff for their stockings. We are going to have beef tenderloin and lobster for Christmas dinner. I wiil enjoy a scotch by the fire. Maureen Break Coates How do you stay sane during the holidays? Leave a comment below and share your best tip!
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