Although it is only October...Holiday stress

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Although it is only October...Holiday stress
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Mon, 10-03-2011 - 11:39am

I know that it is only the first week of October, but how to you manage to avoid (or keep under control) the stress of the upcoming holidays. Money, food, expectations...how do you do it?

Karla
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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 10-03-2011 - 6:31pm

OK, for Halloween, I just plain avoid the holiday altogether (darken the house, don't buy candy, don't do treats...

For Thanksgiving, another issue altogether as I can't picture Thanksgiving without all that food. But I try my very best to minimize by eating small servings. And we pot-luck Thanksgiving so the stress of not having a kitchen with two ovens is lessened (my major stress for Thanksgiving is lack of oven space and lack of ability to time things right because of that!)...

Christmas --- for me, the big stressor is gifts. I NEVER know what to buy, especially for family. I've managed to get friend gifts already and only need to finish them (one needs framing , one needs stitching from scratch)... When it comes to gifts, DH bails and does gift cards --- not very personal but with teen-post teen kids on the list, it's the most logical (they ALWAYS need money!)...

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 10-08-2011 - 6:39pm

Dealing with Stress right now as my dd is in the hospital and my dad showed up unexpectedly and un-invited...what to do?

Well I let my dad know up front that they will be no turkey dinner made by me for him...so sorry...not really!

Normally my dd celebrate together these past two years kind of m/d thing and ds doesn't mind.

We usually have our turkey at Christmas although we had had spaghetti in the past.

I feel Thanksgiving can be the same whatever works for you!

Holidays I use to find really hard my beloved Mom died at Christmas so we tend to celebrate dd's birthday and I spend time with ds who lives with me and time with dd who lives on her own.

Gift-giving is pretty low-key.

I buy for my kids.

They don't mind used "new to them" or hand-made things.

They love their socks although in the past I have used pillow-cases!...;)...lol

Less is more I think.

If you are having company ask for help.

Do a pot-luck!

At the building where I live we are having a dinner in the Common Room everyone is invited.

I am bring dinner rolls and margarine/butter but you don't have to bring anything but yourself.

How cool is that?

I love it!!!

Nightangel