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Old 11-24-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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What's your Holiday stress buster ?

How else do you reduce Holiday stress???
We've talked about parking spaces and the stress or lack there of in finding one.
As for me I order as much as I can from Amazon, I like finding items in the Black Friday sales papers then searching for a better deal on Amazon. I do the same thing with many of the Holiday catalogs. This year for the first time ever I'm only sending ecards. In the past I've done both, a real card then a sort of newsletter by email. It's short as we don't have kids and our cats don't have a lot going on. I buy matching paper, bows, tissue, bags, and name tags on Dec 26 store it all together and set up a wrapping station when the girfts start to arrive from Amazon.
Lastly My Birthday is Dec 10 so DH takes me to a different city for a weekend of Christmas festivities. This year is my 50th and we're actually doing 10 days at the Polynesian !!!!!! We've never done more than a weekend get away.
What's your stress buster !?!?
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:06 PM   #4
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Oh! I've got the wine part!
Maybe I need to start running !
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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I am really trying not to over commit to things - reminding myself it is ok to say no and decline invitations.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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I have started to make a list:. My relative is coming Christmas day and leaving after the first of the year. Did I mention I can't stand holidays nor house guests?she came a few months ago after I said not to. So I am embracing the d craziness that happens: ear plugsq, air horn or rockem sockem rrobots so she and my mom can have another outlet to argue. Vodka because I want to be sedated at every opportunity.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:02 PM   #7
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I have started to make a list:. My relative is coming Christmas day and leaving after the first of the year. Did I mention I can't stand holidays nor house guests?she came a few months ago after I said not to. So I am embracing the d craziness that happens: ear plugsq, air horn or rockem sockem rrobots so she and my mom can have another outlet to argue. Vodka because I want to be sedated at every opportunity.
Do you live near me ? You can come over here for a reprieve.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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I try to go to Christmas festivals and other events that I personally enjoy. I also like looking at nice Christmas lights.

The wine idea is good too though. I've been thinking of heading to the liquor store for something special...
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:06 PM   #9
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:57 PM   #10
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Paying attention to the caller I. D. and NOT answering when my SiL's call!
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:25 AM   #11
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This year I have been trying to change my procrastination behavior. I have been just getting things done rather than putting them off. That makes me feel better. I also have made sure to schedule a lot of down time this year for fun stuff. No more running around at the last minute this year. I am trying my best not to do that. Will I succeed? I don't know but I am going to try.

For immediate relaxation- I read. I love to read and it makes me relax.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:58 PM   #12
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I like to drink...wine or maybe a cocktail. I also don't do anything I don't want to do.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:11 PM   #13
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I'm a pretty low-stress guy, honestly. For my wife, getting a massage from me or one of my special milkshakes (with a ridiculous squeeze of Hershey's and about 6 shots of Kahlua).
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #14
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I'm a pretty low-stress guy, honestly. For my wife, getting a massage from me or one of my special milkshakes (with a ridiculous squeeze of Hershey's and about 6 shots of Kahlua).
Can you bring me one of those milkshakes?

I have no idea how I am going to get through the holiday. I am in my second to last semester of my MBA and my mom is going through chemo. She wants to go up to Indiana for Christmas if the doctor okays it... which means I have to figure out how to set up oxygen, how to carry enough oxygen for a 7-8 hour drive, how I am going to survive a 7-8 hour drive, make sure we know where to go if she gets sick, rent a vehicle (ours are too small)... god, I don't know what else.

Can someone come shoot me with a tranq dart?
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