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.
· 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.
· 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