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Patty’s Ponderings-Christmas Crunch Survival

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It goes without saying that the holidays mean much more to us when we’re doing things for other people. So, whether you’re donating to your favorite charity, collecting toys or coats for kids, shoveling your elderly neighbor’s sidewalk or just treating family and friends with more kindness and understanding than usual; this season can bring out the best in us.

However sometimes the stress of creating what you perceive as “the perfect holiday” can wreak havoc on your holiday spirit because you forget to extend kindness and forbearance to yourself. (I hope my sister Carmie reads this)

With that in mind here are some tips to help you survive the season with some of the joy intact.

  • Be nice to you- -Is there one thing you really would like to have that you’re sure no one will get you for Christmas? Buy it and put it under the tree now. Buy yourself flowers, this always makes me feel better. Their beauty reminds me that there is still the possibility of the extraordinary in this world.
  • Relieve some of the pressure- – Have your gifts wrapped, your house super-cleaned and your holiday dinner prepared by someone else. You’ll have more time to spend doing things you enjoy.
  • Put yourself in “time-out”- – Whatever you need to get done can wait for half-an-hour while you sit down, relax and read a magazine. Take a catnap, go to a coffee shop and order yourself a fancy beverage, or just bundle up, get outdoors and take a walk to get you thoughts together. Getting some fresh air can do wonders for your attitude and energy!

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