Tips On How To Stress Less During The Season Of Giving

12 Nov

Now that Halloween is past tense and Thanksgiving seems like it’s practically tomorrow, that means Christmas is right around the corner. The Season of Giving can also be a time of stress when we trying to get everything accomplished while keeping the home fires burning bright.

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Speaking of burning bright, Christmas lights can be a great source of frustration for homeowners and renters alike. Some consumers may have seen some recent advertisements for buying newer, more energy efficient lighting options for the holidays. This is actually a great idea for those who are thinking “greener” for the environment and for cost conscious parents who are looking to reduce their energy costs by using LED versus traditional incandescent bulbs.

You know what they say, you have to spend money to make money, or in this case, you can save money, by replacing those old, antiquated bulbs with more energy efficient models. Not only will you reduce your monthly utility bill in December, you won’t have to deal with that tangled ball of lights – plugging and unplugging a seemingly endless string to find that ONE burnt bulb that prevents the chain from lighting.

 

Wrap It Up

When it comes time to put Christmas behind us until the arrival of the holiday once more, here’s a few short cuts that will make this and the next holiday season less stressful:

  • We’ve already covered lighting and that massive ball of a tangled mess that lands us in a world of hurt next year. This year, let’s grab a few of those leftover gift boxes, especially those made for clothing and wrap the strings of lights around them leaving them untangled for future use.
  • When taking down the tree, once the lights and ornaments are put away, consider covering it with an old bed sheet or tarp so you don’t leave a trail of needles through the house on the way outdoors.

Wrapping paper can also be a pain when storing and reusing the rolls. Try this trick, to keep the paper from coming off the roll, becoming torn and wrinkled, save the cardboard rolls when they’re empty. Cut them into three or four sections and then cut them horizontally. Clamp these cardboard rolls over the wrapping paper and it will keep them in place more effectively.

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Make New Traditions

There’s no rule in place that states you absolutely must have turkey or ham with all the trimmings during the holidays. In fact, many historians believe the first meat cooked on Thanksgiving was more likely venison or wildfowl and served with corn and porridge.

For example, over the past few years, as my Mother is getting older, and while she still wants to cook, she’s been changing the main course for each holiday. Last year, we had chicken enchiladas for Christmas and all the kids brought a side, like rice, beans or nachos. It’s a lot less work for everyone involved and it’s still delicious and homemade.

Keeping this in mind, remember that the holidays aren’t about presents, but rather the presence of your close friends and family members. Happy Holidays to everyone and may the New Year bring you great joy and togetherness. Merry Christmas!

 

Guest Post:Hilary Smith

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance journalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and parenting related topics and wishes to help parents raise their children to be the best they can be.  Follow her on Twitter!

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