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Top 10 Ways to Handle Holiday Stress

November 3, 2015

DSCN5761Thanksgiving and Christmas should be happy times of the year. It’s a time for families to get together and enjoy each other’s company along with good food and good memories. Here are a few tips to keep it a happy, enjoyable time of the year.

  1. ┬áMake a budget and stick to it. No sense in maxing out your credit cards and having to worry about how you are going to pay off all that debt next year. It is not worth it. Most people are cutting back this year. Times are tough for a lot of people. You don’t have to spend huge sums of money to get someone a thoughtful gift. My brothers are getting cookies my mother used to make along with a copy of the recipe in her handwriting. Not expensive, a little time consuming, and it is full of memories. (My mother died of lung cancer 20 years ago)
  2. Plan ahead and spread things out. Don’t wait until the last minute. Some things can be bought now and put in the freezer. That turkey is not going to be any “fresher” if you wait until November 24th to buy it. Buy it now.
  3. Make a list of people you have to buy for. Write down ideas for gifts for them. Shop Amazon to find prices. Check local papers for coupons and deals on these items. Find where you can get the best deal
  4. If you are making gifts this year you can still get coupons for materials. Hobby Lobby offers 40% off any 1 item coupon every week. You can buy things cheap this way. I am making a mesh wreath for someone this year. I will purchase the wire frame one week, one color of mesh one week and the other color of mesh another week. I already have decorations to put on it.
  5. If you are buying Bibles or study guides….Mardels┬áputs coupons on the internet and in local papers. Don’t pay full price.
  6. If you are baking this year. Spread your baking out. Maybe bake those sugar cookies now and freeze them. Decorate them closer to Christmas.
  7. If you plan on getting the closets cleaned out and getting the carpets cleaned start now. Coupons are available now where they won’t be closer to Christmas.
  8. If you didn’t buy Christmas cards on sale after Christmas last year, don’t fret. There are still plenty to choose from. (You will just have to pay a little more for them) Get them now and start addressing them a few a night while you are watching tv. You will be done by Thanksgiving and can put them in the mail by the first of December.
  9. Make sure you have plenty of wrapping paper. Nothing stops your wrapping time faster than gathering all your supplies only to find you have 1 foot of wrap on this roll and 2 feet of wrap on that roll and that is it.
  10. Don’t be so “Busy” that you can’t enjoy visiting with family and friend. You’ve baked, cooked, wrapped and stayed within you budget. Relax and enjoy.


About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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