Simplify the Season

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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, 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.

Gift Giving:

  • 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 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.

          About The Author

          Megan Corwin is a personal coach who enjoys helping work at home professionals grow their businesses while maintaining an organized household. Download Megan's free ebook "How to Market Your Small Business Online for FREE":

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