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Seven Ideas for a Simpler Holiday

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No matter what you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, or something else – enjoy this holiday season. This blogger is going to get some much-needed rest and relaxation through the end of the year and will pick up writing again in 2015.

This is a crazy season with, traditionally, a lot of expenses and obligations, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some ideas to promote a happier, simpler holiday without breaking the bank or running around like mad.

Seven Ideas for a Simpler Holiday

  1. Visit family or friends – Go see the people you really care about. Not the ones you feel obligated to see, but the people you truly miss and enjoy. Don’t plan any specific activities, just visit and let the mood of the day determine what to do.
  2. Read your kids a book – I just began Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with my oldest daughter and we both love it. Dust off your favorite childhood read and share it.
  3. Drink a hot beverage by the fire – I’ve just begun to realize why so many cultures love hot tea. Tea, hot chocolate, and hot cider are just a few of the beverages that take a hectic day and make it tranquil. Snuggle up and enjoy!
  4. Work out – Get a jumpstart on the rest of the world’s resolutions. Exercise is a mood and energy booster. If you feel run down by your activities or hit a sugar low, a short run, swim, game of tennis, or other activity is a quick mood-enhancer.
  5. Breathe – In the middle of your most hectic holiday tradition, close your eyes and take five deep breaths. Reap the relaxation rewards.
  6. Re-gift a present – We all get things at Christmas that we don’t need. Find someone who does need it and brighten their day.
  7. Say No – Pick one thing on your calendar or to do list and just say no. It’s a fantastic habit to start and you can start it with one “No”.


  1. I’ve been doing 5 out of 7 of those things on your list since my 2nd year of marriage after I realized I wasn’t enjoying the holidays and was spending very little time with my husband. I will now work on #2 and #5 🙂

    Just wanted to mention something about #4. If you have low-sugar, which is different than a sugar-low, meaning you feel tired/irritable/shaky/vision problems/headaches/sweaty/anxious/etc do not exercise first, specially if you have diabetes. Eat a healthy portion of something like an apple, banana, cheesy vegetables, avocado, or whole grain (no sugar added) peanut butter first. Wait 15-30 minutes until you feel better then go exercise. Also, take a snack while you exercise just in case you feel the symptoms coming on again. Speaking from personal experience and now from my dietitian.

    I would add to the list to go for a family walk after breakfast. Specially if it’s chilly outside. We did that and it smelled like Christmas 🙂

    • amberrking

      December 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Jossie – Excellent thoughts. I especially like the idea of a walk after breakfast. We used to do that while I was on maternity leave and it does feel great!

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