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Avoiding Holiday Stress

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Friends, it’s time to start prepping for the holiday season, with Thanksgiving here soon, Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s right around the corner.

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Making the card

Before Abby went off to college, we took advantage of the beautiful central Oregon weather, and headed out to one of the meadows near our house.

Avoiding Holiday Stress

Of course Haggis came with us.

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Avoiding Holiday Stress

Love the printed return address, on the envelopes, the recycled paper that you can choose, your choice or corners (rounded, squared, scalloped) …

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Avoiding Holiday Stress

Avoiding holiday stress

I’m not stressed about this holiday season, but that’s partly because I’m focusing on these simple steps, and the art of slowing down:

1. Keep it simple. I’ve always written about letting go of traditions that do not work anymore for your family. This year, living in a new home, in a new area, with smaller space, we will simplify. Fewer commitments, less sugar, less holiday decor and clutter. More gatherings, more healthy meals, more memories, and a real tree. More slowing down …

2. Home is the most important. Whether we’re out partying, getting a tree, going to events, movies, concerts, church … most of our memories are made in our home. Make it what you want it to be, but what I’ve learned is to not drag the family into my expectations (usually revolving around old family traditions). Keep a fresh attitude, decorate simply, make good food, invite people over to make real memories.

3. Order holiday cards early. There’s nothing like waiting until the last minute for holiday cards. Not a good idea. It adds stress on you, your family, and to be honest … I really like to take my time when addressing the envelopes, and thinking about the people we are sending them to. Maybe while sipping a cup of tea, Haggis by my side, my hubby helping me … make it enjoyable!

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And I’m glad I can start on my cards today (with my Good Earth cup of tea) … because they have arrived!

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What family photo will you be using for your holiday card this year?

Contest closed: winner has been chosen by random drawing: KEverett

Contest ends 11/25/16 at midnight. Winner will be contacted by email.

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