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Open House: How Do You De-Stress During the Holidays?

If your home is anything like mine, you're already making lists, writing cards, starting holiday projects, and decorating like crazy. With all of the activity, it's often easy to forget to relax and enjoy the beauty of the season. While it's great to give the perfect gift, or to have an impeccably decorated tree, what's really important is spending time with family and loved ones, and celebrating the season.

How do you relax during this busy season? Or do you get a chance to at all? Do you have any helpful tips or tricks to force yourself to sit back and enjoy the holiday? Share your ideas in the comments!

Source: Flickr User LollyKnit

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vmruby vmruby 6 years
OOOOOOOOh I love Christmas ........t's my favorite time of the year. I'm the type of person who has things planned and in the works ahead of time so i am able to enjoy the holidays.I start my shopping months in advance to avoid the huge crowds around Christmas,take lots of baths to unwind, or I sit by my tree with the lights on and a cup of tea and just relax.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
I sit by one of the trees, whichever one I'm in the mood to gaze at at the time, listen to Christmas music and have a cup of tea. Or I'll watch a Christmas movie, or read. But I don't get too stressed out around Christmas, I love it so.
mslewis mslewis 6 years
It's easy for me: (1) I don't shop; (2) I don't put up a tree; (3) I don't send cards; (4) I don't invite people over. My very large family decided years ago to forego Christmas because it is too commercial and meaningless. We don't send or receive gifts; however, on New Year's Eve we get together, have dinner and write checks to our favorite charities. Mine is the SPCA in my city. For me, this is far more meaningful than buying silly gifts for people who have a lot already. We agree that the holidays have been so much better since we began this tradition and a lot of people and animals have benefited and none of us have been under holiday stress for years!!!
bento-barista bento-barista 6 years
I haven't had much time to sit down and relax. So, I totally plan on vegging out and watching season 5 of LOST which I missed and catching up with some of the books series that I love.
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