Time goes by so quickly. This year is almost over and the Holiday Season arrived. There are so many events and celebrations going on, that is can be very joyful, but also extremely overwhelming. We all saw what happened during Black Friday and how chaotic shopping can be, especially when you are trying to stretch your budget and buy presents for your loved ones or even yourself. So how do we prepare for all the madness? Here are a few tips:
Get really in the mood of this season– Decorate your house, sing songs, and think about what’s really important in your life. This will bring happy memories, and when you see house decorated, you’ll be in a happier mood as well.
Make a list– Write down who you are buying for, what is the present you want to give them, and where you can find it. It is a lot easier when you are organized and you spend less time in a crowded mall.
Shop online– Nowadays the internet is so accessible for everyone, that it is very convenient to shop online. Many stores offer free shipping during the holidays, and have sales that are very appealing to the consumers.
Avoid the crowds– If you schedule allows it, try to go to the malls when there are not that many people. During the Holidays season the malls close late to allow more people to go shopping, so try to go during the day, if possible, to avoid the crowd.
Take time for Holiday Events– This is the season to be jolly, so there are always events that you can attend, some are even free and for any age group. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be enjoyable for the entire family. Some local suggestions here in South Florida are the lighting ceremonies of different townships, Miami Bayfront Park, Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Christmas at The Oasis Church in Pembroke Pines, Hyatt Extreme Christmas in Fort Lauderdale, and Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.
Please take the opportunity to spend time with your family and loved ones as much as possible. This season is about sharing and giving. True, receiving presents is wonderful, but having the gift of love is even better. And if you are a parent, be patient with your children and set real expectations during your holidays. Please let the children be children. If your kids have special needs, make sure to provide the accommodations necessary so that they don’t miss out during this wonderful time. And remember that special needs children have special parents. Happy Holidays!