Halloween is over, the votes are in, and now the stress begins

11 Nov

The holidays are almost here and that means STRESS for most people and the start of holiday shopping where most folks accumulate more than they may need or want.

Here are a few ideas to help you keep your sanity.

New American Dream has great ideas regarding the holidays at http://www.newdream.org/

A bit more extreme but, equally good ideas for the holidays is Adbusters and their campaign to buy nothing on black friday https://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bndwith a few added links at the bottom for certificates to give to family and friends.

If you do need to buy gifts or just want to give gifts then a few suggestions are consumables like cookies, cakes, breads, etc.  You could also do a recipe in a jar and just give the “dry” ingredients.  Cook a meal for someone (it doesnt have to be fancy I promise).  If you are a “crafty” person you could make something for someone on your list from hand crafted items like a knitted hat, to soap, bath bombs,  or whatever strikes your fancy.  There are many links on the web for help.   You could also give experience gifts like movie tickets, museum memberships, concert tickets, or tickets to a play or whatever.  Last but, not least there is always hard core cash or even a gift certificate or card.

Remember it is the thought that counts and “Maybe Chirstmas doesnt come from a store”  The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

This is a stressful time of year for everyone so please try to be kind to yourself and those around you (yes even the idiot that cut you off and flipped you the bird he/she maybe under even more stress than you are).

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