Getting Teens Involved In Holiday Traditions

Teens are at the point in life where they’ve experienced family traditions many times over and are disenchanted.  When we’re young, everything is big and amazing, and it’s romanticized in our memory.  As we age, the magic fades a bit.  And as we mature, the magic takes on a different form — but we’ll get…

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A Minimal Approach To Holiday Obligations

For most of us, the Christmas season has become two months of stress and busyness wherein we work, plan, shop, attend parties, host parties, bake, cook, wrap… and BOOM! It’s over.  We then switch to “aftermath” mode, a dreary several weeks of cleaning and organizing, punctuated by pondering creative ways to serve leftovers from the…

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Dealing With Over-Abundant Gifting And Excess Toys

  This post is 3 of 3 in my Simplify The Gifts Mini-Series   Toys and an overabundance of gifts is its own special challenge. One thing we can do to slow the piles of presents is to redirect well-meaning family members toward alternative gift ideas. Start the conversation with “I have some fear in telling you…

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Simplify The Gifts This Holiday Season

  Welcome to my mini-series about Simplifying The Gifts This Holiday Season The more you can simplify, the greater the opportunity you have to enjoy the holidays. Are you ready to make this happen? Before we dig in, I have to warn you about something that’s critically important. And not paying attention to this will virtually…

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