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Monday, October 29, 2012

The holidays are coming

With Halloween upon us, it is amazing to me how my mind quickly jumps from fall fun to thinking about the approaching holiday season.  Not to mention a small bit of panic also starts to settle in.  When we flip the calendar to November, it seems a flip is also switched in our minds, and the holiday rush begins.

Are you one who takes the holidays in stride or is it a source of stress?

I find I can become a little overwhelmed with the approaching holidays.  While I love setting out my nativity set and other cheerful holiday decorations, the panic over finding the perfect gift seems to cast a cloud over the event.


So many people on my list are those hard-to-buy for types, who just seem to have everything.  If they need something, they simply go out and buy it.  When, it comes time to buy a gift for a loved one,  I try to find something a little bit different,  which will (hopefully) be memorable.  I love all the eco-friendy gifting options now - finding an unique gift idea, made from a recycled material is a meaningful way to show our love and say happy holidays.


The holidays are coming, I can't change that.

I'll just have to remember to breath and enjoy this magical time of year, and be present in the moment.   And, if I get myself organized, not end up overly-stressed, trying to find those perfect gifts. 







12 comments:

Sny Med said...

Pam, I try to take the stress out of the holidays by shopping very far in advance. I just leave the perishables and unexpected items to purchase later in the year.

Jenna
www.snymed.blogspot.ca

mamawee said...

I don't get too stressed out over holidays..I try and start my shopping early so that I don't have too much to do come december

Cheryl Kirkness said...

I've been thinking a lot of starting my shopping. I have to get to it soon so I don't have to go out in the super cold weather and fight the crowds.

~Shannon~ said...

I have found that ordering on line is so much easier. You can price compare and it is delivered right to my house. Plus lots of places have free shipping! Avoid the stress and line ups of the malls.

Homeschool Canada said...

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year! I just didn't realize it was coming so fast...better get shopping!! -Lee

Nicole said...

I tend to take the holidays in stride. The only stressful part is balancing when our parents get to visit with us and the kids (they're all separated). This year we've decided we're staying home for the holidays and not dragging our kids around from place to place. The holidays are about enjoying time as a family. That's the magic of it!!

Brandi Yee said...

I've learned to try and not stress about the holidays as much like I used to and have been trying to get early shopping done...makes a huge difference :)

Janet said...

Oh I haven't even given gift hunting a thougt yet! Only 1 idea, and that's a book for Stacey's boyfriend - I LOVE the holiday season, but boy oh boy, am I disorganised! :)

Annie Brown said...

We shop early and always have a list... everything but the perishable items are usually done by the beginning of December.

Mama Ash said...

I will try not too stress! It's easy for us. We're treating ourselves to Apple TV and DS will get some goodies...if I can save them from blogging gigs! Shhhh......don't tell anyone I do that ;)

Manager to Mom said...

The whole "giftiness" of the holiday season can definitely get stressful, which is unfortunate as this should be a time of family, relaxation and enjoyment.

We've made a number of simplifications in our family to tone things down here. For example, on my Dad's side we do a "white elephant" exchange and with my husband's family we only buy big gifts for the children and the adults get stockings with smaller items. My friends and I have decided not to do gifts at all - instead we get together for a nice dinner (either out or at someone's house). It all works out quite nicely!

Manager to Mom said...

Oh, and I've with Shannon re: ordering online - definitely less stress involved here and you can bargain shop from the comfort of your own home!