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  • Writer's pictureM. Flagg Lewis


I know the holiday season can be a particularly stressful time of year. That being said it doesn't have to be if you create a 2-do list and have a plan of attack! One of the best pieces of advice I've gotten about 2-do lists is to put the 1 or 2 things you really want to accomplish in the day at the top. So that even if you don't finish the rest of the list you won't feel unmotivated or undervalued by the end of the day.

With Thanksgiving I like to do a breakdown of meals for the number of guests planing to visit. I use google docs so I can invite others to view the menus for each day and meal making sure everyone's dietary restrictions are taken care of. Honestly I do the same for Christmas meals as well. Most of the Christmas stress comes from what to get each other. I love what my husbands family does. We make lists that are exchanged the day after Thanksgiving with a minimum of 4 items on it. Each item has falls into the following categories:

Something you want

Something you wear

Something you need

Something you read

This simple little list has made gift giving a little less stressful and I even use it when it comes to my side of the family as well! Check out an example of how I organize the perfect gift list below :)

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