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Making the Season Bright- Part Two

For many people, the Christmas season doesn't feel very much like a holiday. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the shopping, parties, concerts, baking and just aren?t enjoy it- read on.

Here is Part Two of "Making the Season Bright?:

  1. Start every day with a plan. The Christmas season is a busier time than usual and needs to be managed accordingly. Start your day a little earlier than usual. Begin it by making a list of the goals that need to be achieved and what you can reasonably accomplish today. This will give you a greater sense of control and will keep the demands of the moment from just taking over your life.

  1. Delegate! Many people live by the philosophy "If I have to ask for help, I?d rather do it myself.? This doesn?t work during the holidays. Your kids, spouse and peers can help you. Give yourself permission to take something off your list if it is reasonable to ask them to do it for you.

  1. Let it Go. Remember that list of goals I told you to make? Now take a red pen and cross the things off that are not do-able. If you don?t have time to do that extra baking, write those extra Christmas cards or attend that yearly event, allow yourself to say no and not feel guilty. If you are truly managing your time well, trying to reach your goals and there still aren?t enough hours in the day ? reassess what is important and what you can let go of. 
Written By: Sharon Osvald in collaboration with Winnie Visser

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Principles for Real Living:

  1. I am responsible for my own attitude
  2. My attitude affects my actions
  3. I can not change others, but I can influence others
  4. My emotions do not control my actions
  5. Admitting my imperfections does not mean that I'm a failure
  6. Love is the most powerful weapon for good in the world

Desperate Marriages by Gary Chapman, Northfield Publishing, Chicago 1998, 2008