Simplify the Season
Let's take a look at a typical Christmas
To-Do list: bake cookies, buy and make gifts, attend office
party, church commitments, address and mail cards, clean the
house for guests, decorate...it goes on and on....
The holidays are meant to be a time of joy and family
celebration. But all the running around we do can zap the fun.
Here are some ideas to simplify the season.
* Purchase a family gift rather than gifts for individuals.
* For extended families, draw a member's name out of a hat and
give only one gift. Limit the present amount.
* Make soup, beverage or cookie mixes. Package in a pretty jar
or container with instructions attached.
* Have family members create a wishlist on amazon.com so
there's no guessing what they want, purchasing is easy, and
there are no trips to the crowded mall.
* Start a collection. For example, a few years ago I began
purchasing nativity set figurines for my mother. Each year she
gets a new item to add to her collection. Again, no guessing -
I always know what to buy for her.
In the Kitchen:
* Early in the season make a really big batch of chili. Freeze
in individual serving size containers. Great for those nights
when you are too tired to cook.
* Large families still gathering at Mom's for the big dinner,
but the children have grown up? Hold a potluck feast so that
the cooking is shared by everyone.
* Host a cookie swap. Invite 6-12 friends over asking them to
bring a dozen cookies per invitee. Exchange varieties. Each
participant only bakes one type of cookie, but goes home with
all sorts of treats.
* Purchase frozen pre-shaped cookies from the freezer section
of stores like Sam's Club or Gordon Food Service.
Wishing you a peaceful season.
Corwin is a personal coach who enjoys helping work at home
professionals grow their businesses while maintaining an
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