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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, we all put a lot on ourselves this busy season of the year..

What are your favorite stress coping tips?


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   Posted 12/8/2017 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I love playing a free slot machine game on my iPad. It's fun and reduces my stress so I will take a break and play for a few minutes.

I also set my daily goals. Once I finish here, I need to print out labels and a Christmas poem for my Christmas cards. Then I'm going out to lunch with my cousin. When I get home I will pay a few bills and then play my slot machine game. Tomorrow I start my Christmas cards. Pace, pace, pace!


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   Posted 12/8/2017 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
We don't go for the big, expensive presents. Usually a little cash and/or gift cards, and small "everyday item" stocking stuffers. Maybe a book or two. That way, I can buy gifts throughout the year and stash them away (and hope I remember where I stashed them!!). smile It makes shopping easy.

We have a simple meal after Christmas Eve Mass in the early evening---this year ham, rolls, veggie tray, dip, fruit salad, cheese ball/crackers, and a dessert. Not much work involved in prep---mostly in cutting up the veggies and throwing the salad together. These come in handy as convenient leftovers I can use for Christmas Day dinner, when I add the scalloped potatoes. Since the ham is baked on Christmas Eve day, there's not all that much prep on Christmas Day, except cutting up and baking the potatoes and setting the table.

As far as decorating, hubby does the outdoor manger scene, complete with a spotlight this year, which I love! I decorate the Christmas tree, adding a few things there and elsewhere in the house every day or so. Some years I do lots of decorating; some years, not much.

We are enjoying the old movies like "It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street," "Come to the Stable," "Christmas In Connecticut," "White Christmas," "Holiday Inn," and of course, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Sometimes my decorating looks a lot like Snoopy's decorated dog house. smile Watching these movies is a great way to unwind.

Taking breaks as needed, and yes, pacing! I keep a list of "to do's" every day and enjoy crossing off what gets done. When things don't get done, it's not the end of the world--I just continue the next day.

Advent is a good time for me to take a little extra prayer time and spiritual reading, which both give me a boost.

Staying out of crowded stores helps me, too. We do sometimes shop at local, smaller stores, rather than bigger ones like Wal-Mart. The crowds can be just too much so close to the holidays. We are picking up a restaurant gift card for my M-I-L tomorrow and it's next to a Christian book and gift store, where I may get a little carried away.....

Also, I don't do any major cleaning this time of year, except for 'spot' cleaning the rugs and floor, a bit of dusting, and keeping the bathroom presentable. I just hope no one looks in my closets---eek, that will be a new year's project!

I started Christmas cards in October because I send a lot. Just mailed out the last of them yesterday.
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

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Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 12/8/2017 11:48:15 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/9/2017 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Love hearing how everyone does xmas... ❤️🎄

We kept dealing with some unusual stressors..and holiday things are just slow coming this year..

Hey , time control is hard some days🙃

I used to start my cards thankgiving weekend, but have not written one will get what i can done with that!! Decorating tree today..i had gone to a slightly thinner tree , so maybe it will go faster

Pacing, pacing

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