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A Dozen Holiday Hints

Shaunna Privratsky

The holidays are here and they bring a lot of extras like extra buying, decorating, errands, entertaining, and baking. In other words, the holidays bring extra stress. Before you throw your Santa hat into the dumpster, cool down and read these tips. Here are a 12 hints to do things easier and faster this holiday season.

10 Steps to Zap Holiday Stress

Shaunna Privratsky

The radio plays unending Christmas music. The stores sprout rows and rows of decorations and their ads seem to triple. Tension builds into a frenzy of buying. For many, the holidays go along with feelings of dread. We have too many tasks and too little time. Also, there are mounting debt, bickering relatives, and the to-do list that keeps growing. It starts in November and doesn't stop until the New Year is under way.

Less Is More This Christmas

Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam

If you can't stand all of the Christmas stress, try some of these Christmas ideas to help you have a relaxed and Merry Christmas. These aren't the only things you can do to reduce your stress, but if you stick to doing a few things well, you can relax and enjoy the holiday season. In the end, your family would rather have fond memories of their time with you than memories of how strung out mom was after she burned the cookies.

Things You Can Do Now for a Simpler Christmas

Nancy Twigg

Do you wish for a less stressful holiday season? Don't just dream about a simpler Christmas. Make it a reality this Christmas by taking action. Consider these smart steps you can take now to ensure a less hectic, more meaningful Christmas celebration in December.

Holiday Stress Busters

Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

The holidays are a time for joy for some and a time of stress and frustration for others. You shouldn't be denied the joys of the holiday season. Here are seven suggestions to help you "bust" through the holiday stress and enjoy this time more.

De-Stressing the Holidays

Jacqueline McLaughlin Hale

The holidays are here again! It's the time time of year for joy, happiness, and an appreciation for all that's good in the world. Unfortunately, the holidays are also a time when many don't feel joyous or happy. Instead, we often feel stressed out. It seems that the "joyfulness" of the holiday season comes with a price. And that price is more cooking, parties, shopping, decorating, wrapping, etc. It never ends! You're tired, exhausted, and stretched to your limits. It doesn't have to be this way!

How to Do Christmas and Keep Your Sanity

Jennifer Deerman

Christmas is still a little way off. But, if you start planning and purchasing for your family early, you just may be finished in time to enjoy a stress-free holiday. Now, doesn't that sound wonderful?

Holiday Time Savers

Christine Stoner

The trick to enjoying the holiday season is organize, organize, organize. In fact, the biggest tool towards organizing the holiday is to use your calendar. Here are some great tips that you don't want to miss

Making Spirits Light...

Lisa Reid

What is your favorite holiday memory? How much did it cost to create it? These are the questions you should be asking yourself. Is there any correlation between large amounts of money spent and memorable holiday experiences? Probably not. In fact, the opposite is probably true. In reality, childhood memories of Christmas and Hanukkah probably almost always center on family and fun.

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