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Right-Now Holiday Sanity Savers

By Kathy Gates

Getting through the holidays with your sanity intact doesnít have to be Mission Impossible. But it will take you being willing to do things a little differently than last year. Isnít that the definition of insanity anyway -- to keep doing the same old thing the same old way and expect a different result?

So if youíd like a different result this year --being calm, cool, and collected on Dec. 25 -- hereís some tips and ideas to help you.

1. Let It Ride

Didnít you ever truly wish that a person would give you exactly the same thing that they gave you the year before? I have. Iím not suggesting the boring Dad-tie routine. But it follows that other people who gush about a gift youíve given might like a repeat. Donít think you have to be totally new and creative each year. If youíve hit on something great, let it ride.

2. Double Up

There are likely people on your list that donít know each other and that you donít know that well. Pick one thing that will cover a group of people --service people, hostess gifts, neighbors, teachers, etc. -- and purchase several of them. Fancy cooking oils, candles, books, stationary, picture frames, etc. can all be used in a variety of gift giving. Youíll have confidence knowing that you have a gift that works without having to spend hours looking.

3. Pajama Shop

Instead of fighting the crowds and parking hassles, order gifts from catalogs or online and have them sent directly to your recipient. You can either send early and specify that itís not to be opened until Christmas, or wait until closer to the date for delivery. Most companies even offer gift wrapping if you choose it, and a generous return policy. Shop when itís completely convenient to you -- over your morning coffee, in the bubble-bath, or sitting up at midnight in your PJs. Now that would make anybody a happier, calmer, saner Santa.

4. Keep It Earth Friendly

Donít we all have enough stuff? Think ďconsumableĒ this year, things that will be used up instead of stashed in a closet or end up in the Spring garage sale. Teenagers love event or movie tickets and seniors on a fixed income enjoy the chance to splurge on a massage or a new restaurant. Ask any single working mom if sheíd rather have a new sweater or a housecleaning service. Each year we give lots of gift certificates so we find our own holiday fun in buying a special ornament for that person as well.

5. Ditch the big fat obnoxious stuff

With all those gifts coming and going, and as holiday trimmings invade your already crowded space, stress from overcrowding will set in. So before you bring in the tree or start shopping, make a clean sweep through at least the public parts of the house. Itís a good time to be ruthless --if you donít love it or use it, store it. Donít panic -- you donít have to give it all away. Just box up it up and shove it into the garage or under the bed. In Jan or Feb, go back through it and maybe youíll decide to donate because you like the more uncluttered feel of your space.

The bottom line is that holiday stress is often caused by you being your own worst enemy. If you need help, delegate. If youíre a procrastinator, beat it by starting early. Make some room for the holidays in your space, in your schedule, in your heart.

Kathy Gates is a Professional Life Coach in Scottsdale AZ. I help people deal with the stress of every day living  in a more organized and efficient manner. Get more information at my website Real Life Coach, and sign up for the newsletter.


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