It’s that time of year again when sometimes it feels as if there is not enough time in the day, not enough money in our wallets, not enough ideas, shopping centers and food in the pantry to make the holiday season brighter for those we love. Each year I feel the holiday stress approaching earlier and earlier. The sudden urge to Christmas shop came in July for me this year, and now I am rummaging through bags to try to remember what I bought and for whom. I never thought I would board this train so early, never thought I would fret months before the holiday was here and certainly never thought I would stop looking forward to spreading the holiday cheer. Somehow, somewhere gift shopping started becoming a task to be completed, names ticked off a list in a school teacher fashion, Andrew; done, check, uncle Jim, done; check, and so on. In effort to “just get through it” it is easy to lose site of what is important and miss the season completely. This month I am taking a deep breath, and remembering some simple holiday “rules” to keep me sane.
- Less really is more, with adults and kids of all ages.
- Hot chocolate and the Polar Express is a great wind down
- Zero percent down…just gets me into trouble
- Get outside to do one of the three S’s: Skate, Ski or Sled.
- breathe more…fret less
- have fun!
Another added stress this holiday season is the recall on literally millions of toys for children. A good link to check out is: http://toysafety.org/. This site is sponsored by the toy safety group called: World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH). W.A.T.C.H.'s released its annual "10 Worst Toys" list W.A.T.C.H.'s annual "Toy Conference" has generated extensive national press and media coverage. Because of these efforts, and the positive response from both the media and the public, there have been many toy and product design changes. Founder Edward M. Swartz (1934-2010) and W.A.T.C.H. fearlessly exposed potentially dangerous toys to the general public. As a result, children’s lives have been saved.