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How do you balance things during the holidays?

Christmas_2I realize that it might have been appropriate to post about simplifying the holidays a few weeks ago, but I'm figuring that the peeps that REALLY need to hear the "SIMPLIFY" message... still have a lot left to do!

How 'bout you?  How are you doing?

I'll be the first to admit it.  I'm not done with my shopping.

It's okay though.  I'm determined to relax and enjoy the most important aspects of the season. 

How?  Well, as I've explained before, I'm a huge fan of asking questions. 

What questions am I asking of myself and others this time of year?  Well, I'll list a few.

Since my family celebrates Christmas... I'm asking:

  • What's really important as I celebrate Christmas with my family?
  • What can I do beyond freakishly cool gifts to make it a remarkable Christmas for my family?

For folks that don't celebrate Christmas... but still need to relax this time of year, I'll ask:

  • What would make it a really relaxing, memorable holiday season?
  • What are some of your favorite memories from this time of year? 
  • If you could reach out to anyone... who would you love to reconnect with before the end of the year?

How about you?  Did you already start to think of some responses to these questions?

I know I did.

For me, as I ponder these questions I realize that I don't tend to remember stories of elaborate gifts or expensive trips. 

Nope. The memories usually involve time with friends laughing or time with my family really relaxing.  You know, finding pockets of quiet within the busy schedule to really laugh, love and connect. 

How do you do it? 

How do you stay focused on the 'good stuff' and stay balanced during this time of year?

Lastly... in addition to giving you some questions to ponder... I also want to provide some 'brass tacks' advice to help navigate the last few days as well. 

So here are some great ideas to balance things, simplify your approach, and have some fun in the process.

Take Julie's advice over at the Cottage Crafts Blog and grab a Christmas Journal and keep things organized.

You can take Mary's advice over at the RelevantBlog and try her 5 Tips to Simplify Christmas.  My favorite?  She lists a number of questions to ponder with your family as you are making your decisions about gift buying... spending time... and what to focus on.

Lastly, check out Rod's recommendations on gift-giving to your adult friends at the Simplify Christmas blog. He has some great ideas whether you are shopping for friends, employees or clients.

Enjoy... and Happy Holidays!

Photo credit and kudos to Caterpillers

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Hi Matt, I so agree that we need to focus on what is truly important about the holiday. One of the most important things for me is making the holday great for family. To do that I did things differently this year. I began shopping early. Other years I have found myself frustrated and only picking out something less than I might have chosen because I put it off and waited too late. This year I feel so much more happy about it. And, when I'm feeling happy within, things go better for me at work and at home. :-)

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