It’s holiday time – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve – parties, fun, friends, family, decorating, baking, cooking, presents, gift buying . . . and whatever else is included in your traditions.

Don’t overload yourself!  Say no!  It’s a good time of the year to say no because you’ll run yourself ragged and when Christmas Day comes, you’ll be pooped!  Too pooped to pop the cork!

Here are a few more tips:

If you go to a lot of parties, discipline is key.  Stay an hour or an hour and a half, say hello, have a drink of something and leave.  Everyone will be happy to see you and you them, you’ll meet new people and have had some special time with people without over doing it.  If you stay 2, 3, 4 hours at every party, you will exhaust yourself.

Limit the amount of entertaining you will do.  Instead of a big formal dinners, have a drop in instead one afternoon and invite everbody – make it a Sunday afternoon – you can serve hors d’ouevres (there are some great frozen ones – heat and serve and have some fresh fruit and vegetables), a little Sangria or punch and you get to see a lot of people.  Some people will stay for an hour, others will linger a little – what a great way to entertain for the holidays

Pace yourself at work.  Lots of excitement and people bring in a lot of goodies at that time of the year.  Take more small breaks than usual – 5 minute breaks to take a few deep breaths and stretch – it’ll help keep the hype under control!

Gifts – shop a little every day rather than try to it all in one day – it’ll build the excitement slowly and before Christmas Day, you’ll have all your shopping done, gifts wrapped and be able to enjoy the beauty of yuletide season!

Entertain in January – January is often anti-climatic and people love it when holiday events take place in January.  Decorations are still up, people are more rested and they enjoy themselves more.  I did that one year and worked famously well.  Now I do it every year – it works!

Have a great Christmas – a fabulous New Year!

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