Thanksgiving is over; all the turkey is (hopefully) gone. But now we are on the rocket slide to the December holidays. Hanukkah starts next week and Christmas isn’t far behind. Haven’t finished your cards, shopping, menu, party planning, gift wrapping, and still confused by the Elf on the Shelf? Take a deep breath and get ready.
5 Tips To Get More Out of Life During the Holidays
- Do less. Instead of being let down by doing a hundred things poorly, have each person in your family decide on what is the ONE most important thing for them. A single meaningful activity is so much more rewarding that trying to do too much and feeling like a failure.
- Unplug. Agree to have screens off in the evening. Leave your phone on the charger in another room. The exception could be a family movie everyone loves on television, or even that Christmas log video. This is an especially good choice when you have guests. Do you really want to spend the holidays with your mom watching that political news channel?
- Take care of others. Is there someone not near family you know? Invite over that elderly neighbor for dinner. See if you know a friend with a college kid near you who has to stay on campus over the holidays. See if that homeless shelter still needs helpers on a day besides Thanksgiving. Buy presents to Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, or any other children’s charity.
- Shop less, talk more. Most of the time I spent with my extended family happened in December. Set aside some of that family visit to help the younger kids create a family tree. Talk about your family memories and family traditions. My mom told me that they only time they had an orange was on Christmas morning. As much as I enjoyed her stories of Christmas in the 40s, my kids like my stories of Christmas in the 70s.
- Don’t worry about the small stuff. My “nice” table linens took a beating last week during our Thanksgiving meal. Luckily, Clorox 2® got out the stains from gravy, cranberry sauce, and red wine, so I’m in shape to set a beautiful table again this month. When my kids are slobs, I know the stains will come out later.
- Removing tough stains and brightening colors is easier with Clorox 2®. I pre-treat stains that otherwise would have been set in. I even got out a stain on a shirt that had already been washed and dried.
- Clorox 2® works on the toughest stains like coffee, wine, and grass.
We have a beautiful gift basket for one winner. The prize:
- Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster Liquid
- Clorox 2® Pre-Treat Stain Remover Pen
- $50 Williams Sonoma gift card
- Wine cork cheese spreaders (Supreme Houseware)
- Merlot candle (Rewined)
- Hot chocolate mix (Williams Sonoma)
- Chalkboard beverage dispenser tags (Williams Sonoma)
This giveaway ends on December 8, 2015, at 11:59PM EST!
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