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The EZ Guide to Holiday Happiness

The holidays can be an extremely stressful time of year for non-parenting people, not to mention the stress it can carry for those of us juggling diapers, feedings, and lack of sleep.

Fortunately, you can make an early resolution to cut out the crap and keep this year's festivities joyfully simple. Here are my 5 suggestions for keeping your holiday happy.

  • Make a list, and check it twice.

      If you know you're going to have hosting or baking responsibilities this year, take the time to plan ahead. As early as you can in December, sit down to write out all the baking you feel you need to do, listing names and what you want to give out.

      Work backwards with your recipes to figure out start times and make an ingredient list. The same can be done with any hosting responsibilities you may have. Figure out what you can make ahead, and then schedule out the time you need to do it.

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  • Keep those camera batteries charged and ready!

      Your baby will be spontaneously exploring everything this season. Don't miss a moment by keeping your charging station accessible and ready to go at a moment's notice. Your "Family Nights" in the years to come will thank you!
  • Start a journal for your baby.

      I have no idea who gave me this idea, but I've used it three times and it's priceless. Pick up a journal at Target (or wherever) and start writing down the memories as they happen. You think right now you'll remember. Trust won't.

      I keep journals for all three girls (even the one yet unborn) and Cameron and I write in them regularly. Christmas is a great time to get started! Write about the funny things said, gifts received, things destroyed...anything.

  • Shop with a purpose.

      Don't turn your current holiday happiness into winter depression when the credit card bill comes. Spend with a purpose. Decide how many gifts you're buying and then list out what you're getting (and the amount) before you go.

      Even if you have to do a "scouting mission" first for ideas, you'll be better off with this strategy than spending "on the fly".

  • Take time to reflect and remember.

      As busy as this season is, don't let it become some hollow materialistic holiday that we "celebrate" because it's what we do. There is a deeper meaning behind this time of year. Remembering it will keep your shopping, cooking and cleaning in the right perspective.

Even if you don't think you're a "planner" or "anal-retentive" person, you can make tiny deposits in the world of sanity and avoid chaos this holiday season. You may not look like Martha Stewart's hand-made organizer with felt, sewn buttons and calligraphy (mine certainly doesn't), but who cares? It's your list. Make it useful to you.

In my opinion, nobody drifts into happiness. Many a person has suffered from unhappiness due to laziness in planning. Make an early resolution to do things deliberately (as much as you can) and you'll be astonished at what a huge difference it makes. By turning off the television early to plan out a few things one evening, you're guaranteeing a smoother, happier, holiday.

Side Note: For more suggestions on Christmas, check out my article "3 Simple Baby First Christmas Ideas for Extravagant Memories". Click here to see the entire article.

On a Personal Note...

Our Little Isabella Rose
Baby Bella is currently still tucked safely inside, awaiting her birth-day. Sheesh! I've forgotten how eternal these last few weeks always seem! Doctor says she's "textbook healthy" and seems extremely happy inside (my aching ribs!).

I'm thankful she's healthy, but hope that she's not too happy in there. After all, an exit is necessary at some point!

My hospital bag is packed, and Cameron has out the stopwatch. I'm writing this right before Thanksgiving, in the hope that by the time you receive it in your Inbox, I'm either in the hospital, or inching around the house with a newborn in a sling! (Her due date is December 2nd.)

Anyway, I promise to include an actual photo of my beautiful Bella and her sisters in the next issue on February 2nd. (It's my goal to move back to a monthly or bi-monthly format for The Merry Mother in February.)

P.S. I've had 5 moms tell me this week that they were supposed to have a girl, but ended up with a boy. Perhaps that's God's way of surprising me with Tristan Jack instead? Yikes! What a major paradigm-shift that would be!


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table of contents

Page 1:
Shh...Site Secrets

Page 2:
The Best Baby Bargains

Page 3:
Make Baby Reading Time,
Baby BRAIN Time

Page 4:
Holiday Games

Page 5:
A Baby Banquet

Page 6:
12 New Recall Alerts

Page 7:
Your EZ Guide to
Holiday Happiness

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