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Staying postitive during the holidays

Postby Mel on Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:16 pm

The holidays are supposed to be happy times when families come together to enjoy each others company and the festivities. Although I do enjoy this time of year, I also find myself stressing more and more, the closer the holidays get. What with gift buying, house cleaning, baking and planning for additional house guests added to my already very busy schedule, it's a wonder I don't go mad. :lol:

How do you keep a positive mindset when you feel your stress level rising?
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Postby Mila on Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:35 am

Lots of wine! Just kidding ;-)

I'm doing a lot of my shopping online, I just can't face the malls. Also, I'm cutting back A LOT, I'm tired of all this materialism around the holidays. I am aware that there's so much extra to do so I'm waking up early to get the bulk of my work done before too many distractions set in.

It's such a hectic time but I'm determined to make it relaxing and fun this year... even my MIL can't get to me ;-)
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Postby AvParties4u on Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:24 pm

I try to do alot of my shopping online as well.
And a little glass of wine now and then helps alittle too.. LOL :lol: :lol:
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Postby LorettaOliver on Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:14 pm

A little wine can't hurt matters any ;)

I do 99% of my gift shopping online. I despise going to the mall and stores. Yucky. I only go to the store if it's something I need to pick up and physically look at and make sure it's the right size or something like that. Like the kids want bikes, I would go to the store for that to make sure I got the right height and everything.

Online holiday deals are usually pretty good too, free shipping, 25% off, free item included .... love those!

Other than massively avoiding the stores we also tend to avoid the television a bit more as the holiday approaches because the ads and shows just seem to promote that whole rush rush in hurry stressed out feeling. The boys will take to watching their favorite movies on DVD or something instead.
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Postby Mel on Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:04 pm

A little wine is always good. I'm shopping online this year too. There are a couple things I want to pick up at the store so I can check them out first but otherwise, it's all online.

I also have a couple things that I cannot find here. Every place we've checked, they're sold out or the price has more than doubled. The only place they're available at the regular price is in the UK.

Mila... any clue how long it takes to ship things from there to the states?

I know it's probably crazy to order Scooby Doo toys from another country but hey, I only have one nephew and he growing up fast.
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Postby MomsGoneVirtual on Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:18 am

ahhh no wine for me this year...so I guess I'll have to find some other way to deal. :lol:

I've done more online shopping this year too. Still have some to do (and I was doing so good starting in July this year).
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Postby Keri Wolf on Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:38 am

Oh wine would be good!

I do the majority of my shopping online also. I used to always have a hard time finding time to wrap the darn presents, and I hate wrapping presents. So, what I do is each night the kids go to bed I take 5 presents each night and wrap them. No, all these presents are not for my kids, I have 15 people to buy for
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Postby Audrey on Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:58 am

I think planning is key. I have a list of exactly who I need to buy for and what I'm buying them.

A menu allows you to relax about what's being served.

As for cleaning...if you are able, hire a service to come in and do a one time really thorough cleaning for you.

Now if any one has hints on how to not stress over shows and boutiques LOL. I have a boutique this weekend and for some reason feel very unprepared.
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Postby Ashley9603 on Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:06 am

I am doing all my Christmas Shopping online this year,however for my daughters gifts I am meeting a consultant before I buy.Audrey I think your boutique will go fine :) I am stressed all the time especially around this time of year.I think its somewhat normal with the holidays.I definetly think wine is in order :)
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Postby Mila on Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:24 am

Thank goodness for wine and online shopping then! :wink:

Mel, I don't think it would take that long maybe 7 to 10 days, but the post office was on strike here a few weeks ago so if that happens again it won't be good.

Is it a company that delivers or Amazon uk? I imagine the shipping is going to be pricey, also expect to pay twice as much in pounds as you would in dollars.
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Postby LorettaOliver on Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:28 pm

Eeek postal service on strike near the holidays! :shock: I hope they settled whatever they were striking over.
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Postby AngieDixon on Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:38 pm

You know, I just don't get stressed. (ducking) No, really. I refuse to spend money I don't have on things people don't need. Last year I got presents for my kids, my hubby and I got each other something we needed (books for work, for me) and I told everyone else I didn't have the time or money to shop. In the spring, when I had some time, I made very nice gifts for my friends. No one really cared that I didn't give them anything at Christmas. We don't entertain during the holidays. Usually we go to my sister-in-laws' houses, but this year one brother-in-law is sick, so we're having a small Thanksgiving turkey at home.

I think sometimes it's easy to get stressed about all that stuff because we've always done it and everyone else goes all out. After I got seriously ill a few years ago & ended up in the hospital from stress and exhaustion, I just opted out. I know not everyone can, but I highly recommend considering it. Because once you think about it, you may find yourself feeling less committed to the stressful routine.
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Postby Mila on Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:15 pm

Angie, I'm somewhat like that. I do love to entertain (but only people I like!), but the whole over the top gift giving thing I don't enjoy. I'm happy if someone gets me a card or maybe brings over something nice to eat that everyone can share and enjoy.

I try to hold on to what the holidays are really all about, the commercialism gets me down during this time of year.
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Postby AngieDixon on Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:02 pm

You know, after I left my post, I realized that I don't get stressed during the holidays because I'm doing what I really want to do about it. For some people, that may include giving a lot or entertaining a lot. But for some people, that "giving a lot" becomes a compulsion.

My sister makes a big deal out of buying a bunch of stuff on clearance all through the year. In July she declares her "Christmas shopping" over. Then again in August, September and October she declares it over. Three years ago she gave our kids so much crap (and most of it really was crap) that two big shopping bags full of stuff sat in the garage for a year and then we threw it away.

She's very boastful about being able to give everyone "great gifts." But the truth is, a great gift for me is NOT something that would look great in my office. I have enough junk in my office. Honestly, the best gift for me would be an Office Depot or Amazon gift certificate, or both. She declares those "too impersonal," in spite of the fact that I really want those things. But what does she want for HER birthday? A gift certificate.

If you're getting the idea that my sister and I are not as close as she thinks we are, you'd be right on target :) She's a very good person, but if I had to live the way she does at Christmas, I'd probably end up in the hospital again.
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Postby jaz on Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:41 pm

this year , l will hit the stores . l tried shopping online last time and alot of what l order where not what l expected. its sad when it happens at the last min'
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