Advance thinking enhances holiday experience

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The holidays, the time between Thanksgiving eve and New Years Day, is a time “of going with the flow” for most men.   
Women have a different outlook. It is a time for lots of work and stress involving cookies, cards, presents, decorating, dinners, schedules of dinner parties – wow! Where is January?
Some years ago, I decided to take the stress out of my holidays so I could enjoy the special events that add a sparkle to our holiday season. My first decision was to consider what the holiday means and what I could do to improve it. That is when I realized if I want this Christmas to be the best Christmas ever; next year I will have to make it even better than this year.  
Out doing my self every year sounded like a tremendous job and leaves no room for simple traditions.  I then decided nothing has to be perfect and if some things do not get done, it will leave something to be done next year.
Next I prioritized my list of things to do. I look closely to decide what is necessary and what I can manage to take off the list.  That was not easy.  But it worked.  

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