Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Tips

A few tips this holiday season...

Refuse to let heavy traffic and long lines dampen your Christmas spirit.

Fix yourself a cup of hot cocoa and read "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost.

Never give a gift that's not nicely wrapped.

Put white lights on your house plants.

Make a friend of an enemy this Christmas.

On a clear night, find the bright North Star and recall the story of the Wise Men.

Teach children to look at the gift tag Before they open the present so they will know whom to thank.

Be a generous giver.

Be a gracious receiver.

Make it a holiday practice to do something nice for someone without telling them you did it.

Be the first to lob a snowball and start a battle.

Buy a big red candle for the dining table and light it every night during the holidays.

Attend a children's Christmas pageant.

Never give someone else's child a gift you would not want your own child to receive.

Open Christmas cards as a family activity each night at the dinner table. Read the messages aloud.

Give someone who's discouraged the gift of encouragement.

Make your family feel just as important as your holiday company.

Pay a debt for someone.

Add a new Christmas cassette or CD to your collection each year.

Offer to carry someone's packages.

Plan a quiet evening with your family the week after Christmas. Talk about your goals for the coming year.

Go ice skating.

Dress the kids for bed, then get in the car to see Christmas lights.

If you're feeling hurried, go to a church, sit in the sanctuary, and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas....very good advice...God will help you!

Introduce a shy person to others at the office Christmas party.

Keep plenty of apple cider and microwave popcorn on hand for unexpected guests.

Don't forget, no matter how many Christmas photos you take, next year you'll wish you had taken more.

This Christmas, write letters to several people who have had a positive influence on your life. Thank them for the gift they have given you.

Let someone else have the parking space you've just found. Think of it as a gift to a strange


Karen said...

I love this list. Each item on it is what Christmas is about.

Christina said...

Great list. I love the idea about feeling hurried and going into the church sanctuary to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Also the idea of letting someone have the space you just found, nice thought.

Trailboss said...

Excellent tips to remember. If I could do only half of them I would be proud. Thanks. This gives me several things to strive for.

Christy said...

I love these :)

Barb said...

What a great list, Jen. If only we could follow every single tip.

(I love the photo in the previous post too.) :-)