Create Holiday Calm
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Create Holiday Calm

Halloween is approaching at a gallop and Christmas decorations are already for sale. In-laws are wondering if they’ll get a holiday visit, birthdays are being squeezed in, and to top it all off, the days are literally getting shorter! Does the impending holiday season stress you out? When I consider the fourth quarter holidays, the…

5 Ways to Cope With Horrible People
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5 Ways to Cope With Horrible People

We’ve all experienced it. The holiday event that was ruined by one (or more) horrible person. The racist who makes offensive jokes. The Negative Nelly who makes every statement into a gloomy prediction. Or maybe the people themselves aren’t the problem: it’s just their behavior. Refusing to wear a hearing aid, picking fights with a…

3 Steps to the Perfect Thanksgiving
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3 Steps to the Perfect Thanksgiving

Less than 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving, my personal favorite holiday. Are you ready? Have you bought your organic free range turkey? Have you canned some cranberries for a delicious compote? What about your handmade turkey napkin rings from Pinterest? In short, are you the cool, calm and collected hostess on all the magazine covers?…

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To Create Magic, Manage Expectations

Managing expectations is the most important and most challenging aspect of the holiday season. We put enormous pressure on ourselves to create this Dickensian holiday where all the food is perfect and every child is happy, forgetting that we don’t have an entire staff of servants to help us pull it off. So what can…

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Spiritual Advice on Pacing Yourself

This Wednesday kicks off the official crazy holiday season. In the next 60 days we’ve got at least three major holidays, not counting the religious and secular midwinter celebrations like Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. It can be a rushed time, as you work to ration Halloween candy, make travel arrangements, cook huge dinners and then…