December 5, 2009


They say that during the winter holidays, children should make a list and check it twice. How about a list for great/grandparents on how to get through the holidays?

While this certainly isn’t the “be all, end all” list, here are 10 ideas to help you keep your sanity:

1. Do as much shopping as you can on the internet, and stay away from the crowds.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help…you deserve it!

3. Everyone says to plan ahead, so if you can do that, do it! If not, try to take things as they come and keep them in perspective,

4. Stay out of family arguments and choose your battles.

5. Be flexible.

6. Take care of yourself physically and mentally: go to a movie, go to a spa, get a massage, go to a yoga or tai chi class, meditate or just sit quietly and read something light.

7. Inventory things that you’re not using anymore, including family relics, and give them to your children, friends or favorite charity. This is terrifically satisfying and cleansing.

8. Traditions are important, but if you or family members want to do some tweaking, let it happen! Don’t be afraid to rethink some of the old ways.

9. Laughter is healing; catch up on those funny emails, call a funny friend, see a funny movie, or look at those photos of when you were young!

10. Realize that travelling will be hectic. Hope that you don’t get stuck in an airport, train or bus station, or get caught in unbearable traffic. If these things occur, breathe, breathe, and breathe again. Then, realize that this too shall pass!