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    Holiday Sanity Savers From A Mostly-Sane Mom
    Author: Nicole Dean
    Website:
    Added: Sun, 23 Oct 2005 04:14:38 -0700
    Category: Family Home
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    The Holidays are a stressful time. Between the additional errands, the extra traffic, and the stress of spending money that you dont have even the sanest mom will be questioning her sanity as the holidays near.



    Here are a few ideas to help you keep your sanity this holiday season.



    Make a list (and check it twice). Keep your shopping list in your purse to keep from being overwhelmed or worse overspending. If you walk into a store and are bedazzled by all the shiny things, I can relate. I get so overwhelmed that I get nothing accomplished. But, as the Holidays near, I tend to switch into SuperMarket Sweep mode and I start throwing everything into my cart (whether I really need it or not). Having a list can help fight this urge, keep you sane and help your budget stay sane in the process.



    As soon as you start buying, start wrapping. There's nothing more stressful than tackling a mountain of unwrapped gifts two days before Christmas. Save on the cost of wrapping paper by buying it after the holiday each year and stowing it away for next year. Be sure to attach gift tags as you wrap. If you're wrapping a month in advance, there's no way you're going to remember what that funky rectangular shaped box is, let alone who it's for.



    To save time and sanity, wrap gifts that go together in all the same paper. For instance, wrap all gifts that will be going with you to your mother-in-law's on Christmas Eve in the red paper with the gingerbread men. And put all gifts for your friends and neighbors in the blue paper with the snowflakes, etc.



    Cook in advance. Did you know that you can make mashed potatoes during the summer, freeze them, and have them ready for the holidays? Mashed potatoes can be kept in the freezer for months if you use a freezer-friendly recipe. Cook your mashed potatoes in advance and offer to bring them to Christmas dinner. You can skip the stress of cooking, because theyll be ready and waiting for you.



    Limit your travel. The holidays are about family, but they are also about togetherness and making memories. If youre spending your holidays trapped in the car together, driving down icy roads, stressed out, consider ways to travel less.



    The Holidays are a time to make memories. Oftentimes the memories we are making are of a stressed-out mom, running around missing out on all the fun because shes trying to create a perfect moment. Instead, relax and experience the holidays with your family. Between a little planning and taking some of the pressure off, youll have a Holiday that would make Norman Rockwell sigh.

    View all Nicole Dean's articles


    About the Author:
    Nicole Dean is the mostly-sane mom behind http://www.ShowMomtheMoney.com - a fun and informative resource for Work at Home Moms. She invites you to sign up for her free ShowMomtheMoney 101 Tutorial at http://www.showmomthemoney.com/free-tutorial.htm * This article was originally published in the WC http://www.showmomthemoney.com/wc.htm *

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