Tip 1: Simplify
Like Indiana Jones searching for the lost ark, hordes of holiday shoppers explore vast parking lots seeking their vehicles.
Parking in the same area of the mall or grocery store every time eliminates the car hunt.
And holding the car keys in our hands as we exit our vehicles means we'll never lock ourselves out.
Tip 2: Organize
Our plates may be overflowing this holiday season, and I don't mean with Christmas cookies. Work, school, cooking, cleaning, shopping, play rehearsals and holiday parties can create a fun--or hectic--mix.
To keep all family members aware of the schedule, sync phone calendars or use an old-school oversized paper calendar. Checking the agenda can prevent double-booked events and over-crowded days.
Tip 3: Save Money
With all the extra holiday expenses, I'm dreaming of a green Christmas instead of a white one. How's your holiday budget holding up? Are you stockpiling groceries for out-of-town visitors? Digging up extra money for Christmas activities?
It's easy to over-spend on gifts and outings, but remember, time spent together outshines any purchased gift.
Get creative. For example, a moonlight sledding adventure costs almost nothing, but makes an unforgettable family memory.
Christmas blessing to all
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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