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Put more merriment and less stress into your holidays

The holidays are all about the treats. Even if you can’t bake, slice up pre-made cookie dough and stick it in the oven. The smell of cookies baking is enough to put anyone in the holiday mood.

Cookies are essential.

The holidays are all about the treats. Even if you can’t bake, slice up pre-made cookie dough and stick it in the oven. The smell of cookies baking is enough to put anyone in the holiday mood.

The holidays don't have to be stressful. With these tips, you can partake in the merriment without breaking down. Home and Garden Television

Plan ahead.

You can't do everything, so make a realistic plan. The major goal for most people during the holiday season is to enjoy it. If you feel overwhelmed or not prepared, enjoyment goes out the window.

Don't stop at the entry.

Take your holiday decor throughout your entire home. Simple, small touches in rooms make a huge difference in the way the whole house feels, especially when you're entertaining.

Get wrapping.

Reuse interesting papers, bags, magazines and newspapers for gift wrap. It's essentially free, since you already have it, and eco-friendly. Make it interesting with a special ribbon, topper or accent.

Less really is more.

The holidays can be about extravagance, but if you overwhelm your home with too much decor it can compete for attention and distract you from some really beautiful and special pieces.

It doesn't have to be expensive.

Inexpensive ornaments from a discount store can look elegant and festive when grouped together. For instance, decorate a mantel with various sizes of clear or colored glass containers filled with similarly colored glass ornaments for a stunning holiday display.

Dim the lights.

Buy plug-in dimmers for all your lamps. They are inexpensive, sold at most hardware stores and anyone can install them. They bring instant ambience to any room.

Plan for the unexpected.

If you have a lot of people coming in and out of your home for the holidays, fill a large bowl or decorative box with simple, inexpensive, individually wrapped gifts. Give yourself a price limit for each gift, and go to town. Your unexpected party guests will be thrilled to receive a gift from you.

Courtesy of Angelo Surmelis on hgtv.com.

Put more merriment and less stress into your holidays 12/14/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:41pm]

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