Here are some holiday
survival tips, which can help you sail smoothly
through the number of holidays coming up and keep you
and your family happy together. Holidaying at home is
not only pocket-friendly but also an ingenious way of
spending quality time with your close friends and
relatives and strengthen bonds with your spouse,
parents and children. However, many-a-times, a simple
slip-up can shatter your holiday mood altogether.
Implement these ideas to spend your holidays in a more
Don't get overwhelmed by the idealized
picture, whether it is about home décor or gift-wraps. Only
make small additions to your home and table or plan ahead so
that you are not too tired during the holidays to play with
children. Remember, human connection is more important than
all that glitter and greens.
The day you buy the Christmas present,
gift-wrap it and stick a gift tag to it with the name of the
person it is meant for, complete with bows and ribbons. It
will save you a pile of work later.
Send a return greeting card with two lines
that come from your heart within twenty-four hours of
receiving one. E-mails have lessened that work a lot but still
the feel of paper greeting cards is still nostalgic.
Make sure that you reduce the chances of a
getting a headache on the day of celebration by keeping noise
to the minimum. So, turn off your TV, set your mobile in the
'silent' mode, set time of two hours for high-volume dance
numbers and enjoy the peace.
Dim lights, flicker of beautifully decorated
aromatic candles and Christmas carols promote the sense of
heavenly peace too.
You may limit Christmas presents to some of
the family members and get them what they want and gift the
rest next year, so you don't get bankrupt. The important thing
is to care and love them and not to load them with gifts.
Try not to be nasty to your in-laws or
spouse's friends for it is only a matter of few hours and give
them a warm welcome, especially to send the right kind of
message to your children.
Environmental-friendly décor means easier
clean up too. You can plant a live tree in the garden and toss
out all the boxes in the bin.
If you are feeling blue, just use the
holidays to reflect and opt out of activities and events you
don't want to indulge in. It is a time to catch up on your
sanity and cool down your nerves too.