Are You Santa or the Grinch?
Follow these 10 steps to help with your holiday organizing and preserve your holiday sanity:
- Print out a blank calendar for the week after Thanksgiving and the month of December. After you fill in every activity you and your family are involved in, ask yourself it it's even doable without going crazy. If not, delete the things that aren't really important and enjoy those things that you want to do.
- Have a family pow-wow and determine the traditions that your family enjoys doing together. Eliminate the ones you're not so wild about.
- Label a large envelope "Holiday Gifts" and put your shopping list and all receipts in it. This will make shopping and any returns so much easier to deal with. Be sure to write on each receipt who the gift was for. And after the holidays, keep your shopping list (with the date on it) in a file folder marked "Christmas" so you won't buy duplicate gifts for the same people next year.
- Holiday organizing extends to gift-giving, too. Ask for and give gifts that don't clutter. Some possibilities are homemade fudge, or a gift certificate for a manicure, a massage, or movie tickets. Some families and friends even go so far as to hand each other wish lists so they only receive things they will use and love.
- You've seen those bridal or baby shower registries at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and numerous other stores. Put your "wish list gifts" on the registry, tell your family members to go into that store and shop from your list. You'll get exactly what you want (and no duplicates!) and your family no longer has to struggle to figure out what to get you.
- Have a buffet instead of a sit-down meal.
- Never run just one errand. Try to always combine at least 2 to 3 errands in one trip. Start with the errand furthest away and work your way back.
- Start making doubles now of casseroles, freeze the extra portions, and use during the busy holiday season.
- When opening gifts, keep a spiral notebook handy to record who gave what to whom. This will make it so much easier to write thank you notes.
- Check out Gadget Corner for some great gift ideas.
Holiday organizing can reduce your stress and make the holidays much more relaxed and FUN!
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- The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American named Ralph E. Morris in 1895. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles, which often started fires by falling in the dry Christmas trees.
- The use of a Christmas wreath as a decoration on your front door, mantel or bay window symbolizes a sign of welcome and long life to all who enter.
- Due to the time zones, Santa has 31 hours to deliver gifts. This means that he would have to visit 832 homes each second!
- In North America, children put stockings out at Christmas time. Their Dutch counterparts use shoes.
Source: Twinkle Bulbs
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