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5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays More

By Colleen Langenfeld

The holiday season is fast approaching! Are you looking forward to the festivities, symbolism and glow of the holidays or are you secretly dreading this busy time of the year? Here are five simple suggestions to help you keep the holy and the happy in your holidays.

 - Plan early. Always wanted to see a special concert during the holiday season? Treat friends to a popular restaurant? Organize the toy drive at work? Planning your holiday season early allows you to make it the memorable season it was meant to be.

 - Set limits. Doing this step alone will bring you more peace this year. Grab a sheet of paper and while you are sitting in front of your favorite TV show or waiting for dinner to cook, write down the three most important activities you'd like to get done this holiday season. If you feel compelled to list more, do so, and then number your list in order of importance to you. The top three items are your goal; these items matter greatly to you and deserve your best attention.

 - Help others. No matter what your faith, helping others is the cornerstone of the holiday season. Joy is the reward for the giver, so ask yourself where you can be of the most help this year. Give of your time in a soup kitchen, volunteer to deliver meals and a smile to folk who are homebound, collect corporate donations, throw a party for your kids' teachers at school. You will receive far more than you give.

 - Include the kids. Traditions are great, but sometimes we find ourselves going through the motions instead of honoring the memories of holidays past. Asking your children what they think would add quality to your family's holiday celebrations gets everyone musing about the true meaning of the season.

 - Stick to a budget. If you find yourself attaching fun to spending money, well...you know the problem with that. In fact, some families make a game of seeing how LITTLE they can spend through the holidays. In order to avoid a financial hangover in the new year, now is the time to set a spending limit and stick to it.

All of these suggestions speak of quality vs. quantity in your celebration of this holy time of year. Pick one or two tonight and get started on your family's most memorable holiday season ever!

(c) Colleen Langenfeld delivers deals, tips and creative resources to working moms who want the most out of their homes, families and careers at http://www.paintedgold.com . Sign up for our free newsletter and get an online Creativity Toolkit as our gift to you!  

 

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