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Friday, December 7, 2007


Holiday tips to simplify your life

Decorating, wrapping, entertaining, cards

· Use pre-lit trees and other decorations outdoors and forget about stringing lights.

· Or go "green" for Christmas and put up fewer lights this year.

· Try to wrap gifts as you buy them instead of at the last minute.

· If you're hosting parties or meals, try to spread out the cooking over time. Make one dish a day and freeze it.

· Tie ribbons or make decorations while you're watching television.

· Don't send Christmas cards this year if it is a chore.

· If you do send cards, try using computer address labels.

· If you receive unwanted catalogues, call to have your name removed from the list.

· When putting out decorations, get rid of things you no longer use to free up space.

Using the Internet

· Order gifts online. You can shop at any hour, night or day, whenever you have time, and many online stores have free shipping.

· Save steps and gas by shopping locally and online.

· Send electronic holiday cards.

· Send electronic checks for year-end donations with your bank's online service.

Giving gifts

· In a large family draw one name and buy a gift only for that person.

· In a club or group each person can buy one small gift and have a gift swap.

· If you find a good gift, buy duplicates to give to several people.

· Print gift certificates for activities within the next year. Take children to a museum, movie, favorite restaurant, bowling, or to Boston by train. Make a dinner for family or friends. You don't have to shop and the activity can be any time after the holidays.

· Send a gift to a favorite charity in the name of a child or friend.

Finding Peace

· Remember the true meaning of the season and do something for someone else. Visit or call an elderly relative or friend. Donate to a food or toy drive.

· Choose a few holiday activities you really enjoy and skip others this year.

· If you start to feel anxious or overloaded, stop. Go outside for 15 minutes and take a walk or run, call a friend on the phone, or meet for coffee.

· Sit and read for a half hour.

· Take a nap.

· Nobody is going to sit in judgment if you've made one less batch of cookies or you decided not to decorate the front hall this year.

Enjoy the holidays!

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito