The Holidays: Simplified

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While driving home from a family dinner a few nights ago (and belting out the lyrics to my favorite songs without my kids telling me to stop singing–pure bliss!), I saw a strange glow coming from a house on my street.  It wasn’t orange, like many of the houses still decked out for Halloween….it was…red….and green.  November 1st, and one of my neighbors is already decked out for Christmas.  SERIOUSLY?!?  In typical American fashion, I feel like we are all constantly moving at warp speed to get the most out of each second of life when we should really just sloooooow down and take a breath.  But I must admit, my neighbor got me thinking about the holidays and I definitely stopped moving and grooving by the time I pulled the car into the garage.

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So, in an effort for me to be more “chilled out,” which is tricky for my Virgo personality, I am making a conscious effort to write about how we can all simplify the busy holiday season and actually enjoy it.  I’m not saying that I have many tips for dealing with crazy family members (maybe hide in the bathroom every time they come near?), but I do have some ideas on how to help your kids focus more on the fun and family aspect of the holidays, instead of the shiny new gifts, as well as some shortcuts on how to entertain like a pro when you are secretly feeling like a rookie.

Namaste and Happy Holidays,  friends!

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Christmas in Chicagoland Bucket List

Best Christmas Decorations Across Chicagoland

Ultimate Guide to Chicago’s Popular Christmas Experiences

Unique Breakfasts with Santa

Tips for Catching the CTA Holiday Train (and Bus)

FOOD & DRINKS

Holiday Appetizers

Slow Cooked Meals

Heartwarming Vegetarian Meals

ACTIVITIES

Easy Christmas Tree Craft

Handprint Crafts

Decluttering for the Holiday Onslaught

Tips for a Perfect Holiday Photo

Ways Your Family Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Effortless Holiday Decorating

Ultimate Christmas Books

Holiday Books for Interfaith Families

GIFTS

Useful Stocking Stuffers

Last Minute Gifts That Don’t Suck

Gift Subscriptions

Ultimate Gift Experiences

What to Get the Kid Who Has Everything

8 Days of Hannukah Gifts

Top Toys for Girls and Boys

What Teachers Really Want for Christmas

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