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5 Ways to the Perfect Holiday Season

>> Dec 23, 2011

The holiday season is, as they say, “the most wonderful time of the year”, yet for some reason, it usually also turns into one of the most stressful times of the year!

You’ve got gifts to buy, events to organise, family to see…and even though these are all positive things that should be fun and exciting, when they happen all at once, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.


But don’t worry! Here are some steps you can take to have you enjoying the holiday spirit and remembering once again why it is meant to be a magical time of the year.

1. Get Organised Early.

The smartest thing you can do to prepare for the holidays is to get started as early as possible.


Do you ever feel slightly annoyed when you see Christmas decorations up and holiday promotional bags being used sometimes as early as October?


Well, maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all – use it as a sign that you should start thinking about your plans. Decide what you want to achieve and what you’ll need to do, so that you can ensure by the time the holidays come around, you are able to fully relax and appreciate them.


2.
Make a List.

If there’s ever a time to get into the habit of making lists, it’s for Christmas gift shopping. Trying to buy gifts with no real ideas on what to buy or where to look can be a real nightmare by the time December rolls around.

Avoid making the mistake most of us make year after year, and get that list done early!

Once you’ve written it, don’t just forget about it: make sure you start ticking those items off. The earlier you do so, the sooner you’ll feel on top of things and be able to laugh at those who aren’t.

Go get out your large green bags (much easier than carrying a huge number of different shopping bags from various stores), and head out to tackle that list early as you can – you’ll be grateful to avoid the mad frenzy of those last few weeks before Christmas.

3.
Think Back to Previous Years.

What was it that you loved or didn’t enjoy so much about previous holiday seasons? Has there been something you wish you could have spent more time on, or people you didn’t get to see?


Take the time to reflect on previous years and make the necessary changes. Maybe this year you will decide to host a Boxing Day brunch rather than the main event. Perhaps you won’t travel as far so as to limit the amount of time you spend your holidays stuck in the car.


Whatever it is you need to do: do it! It’s always better to learn from your mistakes rather than repeating them.


4.
Get in Touch with Friends and Family.

Find out what everyone’s plans are for the holiday season now so that you can start making arrangements earlier rather than later.


If you have family who you usually miss out on seeing because they go away, or you have friends with hectic work schedules: working out suitable dates far enough in advance will enable you to make the most of your time off.


5.
Make Your Preparations Celebrations.

Why not make the lead up to your holidays just as enjoyable at the holiday period itself? If you can’t figure out a way to fit everything into your brief time off work, then don’t try to.


Make an effort to get together with friends throughout the month of November or early December so you don’t feel too rushed or pressured by the time constraints of the official holiday season. You’ll probably find most people are in a similar frame of mind and will appreciate the chance to get together for a drink or two. You can exchange holiday ideas and provide each other with support.


The holiday season is about enjoying life and relaxing with your friends and family. So long as you don’t let the stress to get to you, you’ll be able to have the perfect holiday season. Good luck – happy holidays!

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2 komentar:

Tonnys December 23, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

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