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My Top 5 Tips For Holiday Sanity December 13, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Janna wrote a post, Holiday Survival Discovery:  They Don’t Call Me Bonnie (And I Don’t Know Clyde).  After sharing her Survival Discovery, Janna asked us to share our secrets to Holiday Sanity:

Do you have any secrets (legal or not) for making it through the holidays?  I love this time of year, so I don’t usually get too stressed… but it doesn’t hurt to keep ideas on hand!

Here’s my Top 5 Tips for Holiday Sanity:

1. Live where it’s WARM so you don’t have to maneuver over or around snow banks or worry about icicles lurking overhead.


2. Steer clear of the mall from Thanksgiving to Christmas . . . unless you just want to wander around and admire the decorations.

3. Buy most/all gifts at the Grocery Store . . . everyone needs to eat.  Focus on the 4 main food groups ~> Salty, Crunchy, Sweet, and C~H~O~C~O~L~A~T~E!

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4. Get plenty of exercise to alleviate stress and maintain balance.

5. Laugh at any insanity that slips into the mix.  It will.  That’s a given.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - December 13, 2014

Ha ha! Love the tree, Nancy! It’s so Florida! I’m with you, on all accounts, especially staying clear of the mall this time of the year. It’s where the crazies congregate!

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

I get a kick out of some of the decorations down here ~ like flamingos wearing mufflers and gators in scarves.

I’m on the fence about whether to wander around the new mall in Sarasota to see the decorations or not. We might. Or not. We’ll see.

2. Rainee - December 13, 2014

Love it! At least I can stay warm and I avoid the mall by ordering my groceries online 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

Perfect, Rainee! Christmas + Food = Perfect Together!

3. Hariod Brawn - December 13, 2014


and don’t forget some extra:


in case you run low on:


And next it’ll be Easter!

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

Yes! That’s the ticket!

4. katecrimmins - December 13, 2014

and drink a Starbucks Chestnut Praline latte. That make it Christmas.

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

Of course! Chestnuts + Christmas = Perfect Together!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose

5. livelytwist - December 13, 2014

Ha ha! Great recommendations. Seriously, every winter I ask myself why I live in this cold country! 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

I asked myself that question for decades before fleeing the cold and flying south 5 years ago. Aah . . . that’s better! 😎

6. William D'Andrea - December 13, 2014

I agree about food as gifts. There was a time when food baskets were “in”, and that’s what I bought for different family members; which they all used, and they appreciated the gifts.
Then one year I went looking for food baskets, but they were hard to find. I was told that they were now “passé”.
“Passe”? Food is never passé, until you are!
Nevertheless, I’m still getting food for friends and family members this year.

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

Around here, there are lots of food baskets available.


7. William D'Andrea - December 13, 2014

The cost of a food delivery from Florida to New York might be unnecessarily expensive. Food baskets are still available around here, in supermarkets, where you’d expect to find them; but not in the food section of the Department Store where I used to work; and were very convenient for me to purchase, with my employee’s discount.

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

Another option ~ create a food basket from scratch.

William D'Andrea - December 14, 2014

“Scratch” is the word. If I created it, it would be a disorderly, jumbled mess, instead of the neat and attractive package that I’d want to present as a gift, to somebody who I cared about.

nrhatch - December 14, 2014


8. Crowing Crone - December 13, 2014

love your tips. and hey chocolate? Good for anything that ails you in all circumstances. So how could that not be a great gift! hee hee.

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

BFF and I don’t exchange gifts anymore . . . but we both replenish our coffers of CHOCOLATE!

Crowing Crone - December 13, 2014

right on!

9. Yolanda M. - December 13, 2014

mmmm…those coconut patties look so good! don’t believe we have them up here… Great tips Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2014
Yolanda M. - December 13, 2014

YUM!!Thanks Nancy!

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

BTW: They do come in flavors ~ Key Lime, Orange, Almond, and Rum. But the best are the Classic Original.

10. Becky - December 13, 2014

Here’s my secret to maintaining that shred of sanity I have left – avoiding the family. We spend our holidays here and since our house is small and we live so far away, no one ever wants to come visit.
This does not mean we have a quiet holiday, as all of our friends stream in & out escaping their families at our house.
Wine is always a great gift too.

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

You IZ smart! Family togetherness at the holidays can present “challenges” that only trained professionals can manage. 😛

Wine is a great gift . . . and a coping mechanism.

11. beeblu - December 13, 2014

Love the Ringling Bros – extreme exercise for an extremely trying time of the year, shopping-wise. My tips include a no-gift agreement, but if you have to, then go shopping plugged into an iPod so you don’t have to listen to all the screaming, crying, arguing and general gnashing of teeth.

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

When our nieces and nephews were young, we centered gift giving on them and stopped shopping for the adults except for small tokens of appreciation.

While I miss the squeals and giggles of “wee ones” tearing open packages, I don’t miss the screaming, crying, arguing, pushing, shoving, pulling, and general gnashing of teeth caused by too much shopping stress.

12. Piglet in Portugal - December 13, 2014

My husband is driving me insane because he’s been stressing about Christmas since the 24th of November. I’ll send him across to see you, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

Tell him to drink 2 glasses of wine . . . and sing Silent Night every morning. 😛

13. Tiny - December 13, 2014

Good advice Nancy! We’re also very laid back about Christmas so no stress here. That decorated palm tree is hilarious, so Florida 😀

nrhatch - December 13, 2014

Yay! It’s nice not to be consumed by something that’s meant to bring “peace, joy, and happiness.” Glad you got a kick out of the palm tree ~ we saw it on Bridge St. on AMI.

14. Three Well Beings - December 14, 2014

I think #1 is staying away from the mall! Just thinking about all that noise and clamor gives me hives. 🙂

nrhatch - December 14, 2014

Mall Babies are a rowdy bunch, eh? Add to that the cha-ching of the registers and it sounds like Who-ville in the weeks before Christmas. :mrgreen:

15. Pix Under the Oaks - December 14, 2014

Yes yes YES to #3! And we love those coconut patties! We have to bring 5 or 6 boxes of those for peeps back here.

nrhatch - December 14, 2014

A fabulous choice, Pix!

16. NancyTex - December 14, 2014

After a week in beautiful but rainy Vancouver, I arrived home to snow. Mercifully, the temps are still above freezing, so it’s actually pretty and not too cold. I did brave the malls yesterday. That was the opposite of pretty. And also hotter than Hades.

nrhatch - December 14, 2014

I remember bundling up to go to the mall and stripping off layers while making the rounds ~> juggling coats and scarves and packages and wallets. I do NOT miss that.

NancyTex - December 14, 2014

Yep, that was me yesterday.

nrhatch - December 14, 2014

I also remember dashing into the mall without a coat so I wouldn’t have to trundle it around for hours. Brrr . . .

17. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - December 14, 2014

LOL! Great tips!!

nrhatch - December 14, 2014

Thanks, Kate. Some people thrive on all the hustle and bustle, but for others it’s draining. When we look within for guidance, and keep our priorities in mind, we enjoy the holidays (and life) more. As you noted in your last post ~ comparison is the thief of joy.

There is no reason to keep up with the Jones. 😛

18. jannatwrites - December 14, 2014

I’m glad you made a post out of the ideas you shared in your comment! I have to say, your rule #2 is spot on… We broke that one yesterday because my younger son needed to see Santa and already needed new shoes again. Hubby did Santa first thing before it got too nuts, but by 3pm when we finally could look at shoes, it was crazy! Had to be done now though since our small town has no selection and we won’t be back till mid-January. If you can’t avoid the mall, get someone else else to drive 🙂

nrhatch - December 14, 2014

Agreed! Or at least someone else to help navigate.

Glad your younger son managed to fit in a visit with Santa . . . while getting fitted for new shoes.

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