Marketing, Motherhood, and Mayhem


November 17th, 2011 by Deb McLean

The holidays are a time to celebrate family and friends.  But you may not be feeling at all like one of Santa’s little helpers. In fact, you may be feeling like the Grinch. The holidays bring an endless round of obligations at work and at home: client annuals, cards to send, presents to buy, entertaining, decorating. . . .Here’s a seven quick tips for the season…

1. Spend the holidays at home this year.

The last thing you can deal with is the pressure of making travel plans for the busiest time of the year. Call the kids together for a family video or audiotape and get to the post office early to mail it. Phone your out of town relatives on the first night of Hanukkah or on Christmas morning and make plans to visit during the new year.

2. Limit the optional events.

Whittle down the list, set limits to what you can and can’t do!

3. Resist the urge to be Martha Stewart.

Suddenly, every house on the block has gargantuan wreaths over the door, candles twinkling in the windows, and a display of light-up choirboys on the lawn. Have your neighbors tapped into some network of indigent elves looking for preholiday employment?  Above all, stop torturing yourself with keeping up!

4. Get choosy about Christmas cards.

Start by asking yourself what holiday cards mean to you. Cut down by not sending to people you see all the time. Or you might want to reverse the process and send cards only to family and close friends. The key to making your life easier is to cross guilt off your list.

5. Stress the meaningful

Focus on what is meaningful be it faith, family, friends or doing something for those in need.

6. Don’t shop till you drop.

Start early and consider shopping online…You can get EVERYTHING and avoid the crowds.

7. Give yourself a time-out.

Right now, before you have a nervous breakdown. Stop roasting those chestnuts. Stop burning that midnight menorah oil. Take an invigorating walk or get a massage or just sit quietly and read a good book.

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