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Enjoy The Christmas Holidays With Little Stress

Nov 7, 2007
Christmas gives all the people a lot of chances to unwind, relax with family and rejoice with friends. Christmas holidays should be wonderful but they make many people stressed and tense. With a few changes, you will be able to enjoy the Christmas and holiday season, if 1) you plan ahead, 2) save money during the year for presents, decorations, and holiday meals, 3) stay within your budget, and 4) don't spend more money than you have, you then find that the Christmas holidays can be very enjoyable and happy. There are many activities to do with your children, family, relatives and friends that will help you truly enjoy all of the Christmas festivities.

The birth of Jesus Christ is the reason for the season and it is important to think of that as you plan your celebrations. Remember that there are many activities in churches, community centers, universities and schools that are planned specifically for Christmas. You could take your family to hear Christmas carols at church, listen to choirs or bands at school or visit a "live" Nativity scene and see people dressed as Mary, Joseph and the three Wise Men. You could even sing Christmas songs in your home, neighborhood, or join established groups who sing in nursing homes, elder homes or malls. It is fun to take a small plastic cup, with a hole in the middle, and put in a candle to carry with you when you sing. Bringing happiness to others is the best way to find happiness.

One of the most enjoyable tasks at Christmas time is decorating the yard and the inside and outside of the house. Even more fun than decorating is driving around your neighborhood and looking at all the decorated houses. Many towns and cities have competitions for the best decorated home.

Another good way to enjoy Christmas is inviting people over for hot cocoa. There are many classic Christmas movies that should be traditions of watching. Making some simple finger foods along with drinks and cookies is a wonderful way to visit with family, friends, or neighbors. It's even fun to exchange tree ornaments, but make sure there is a spending limit on the ornaments as some can cost a small fortune.

Making cookies with your family is an enjoyable and tasty activity. If the children are small, bake and cool the cookies first. Children enjoy using icing and sprinkles to decorate cookies. Children can even use markers to decorate boxes or bags for cookies to give teachers or friends. Homemade treats are always a delight to give and receive.

Another way to enjoy the holidays is to have shopping finished and gifts wrapped early enough to enjoy all the excitement before Christmas. It is important to mail your Christmas cards early so you can spend your time enjoying all the seasonal activities that happen during Christmas. Remember the true meaning of Christmas is Christ's birth and enjoy the holidays without stress. Help spread cheer, goodwill and happiness and you'll have an enjoyable holiday that can't be beat.
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