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Presents!

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Visons of sugarplums dancing in your head? Or are you Yule-tired? Think just one more cookie with that cup of eggnog is just what you need before your long winter's nap? Maybe not—maybe the yule-tiredness comes from too much of everything. We all want to enjoy the holidays but I often hear people say—I just want it to be over! We work and stress and make ourselves sick.

Let's not—let's take these next three precious days and enjoy our holiday. How you ask? Well, maybe ….

It's all about the presents……

Give yourself a present. Sit by your tree for 10 minutes each morning before everyone else wakes up. Breathe deeply, let it out slowly and count your blessings.

Be present to the service folks you encounter throughout your day. Smile and thank the harried delivery person. Leave a note for your mail carrier—and maybe a cookie or two.

Forget the last minute presents. Do not be tempted to run out and buy more presents because your tree looks "skimpy" or to "even up" the gifts. Five years from now they won't remember who got what.

Present healthy alternatives at your meals. Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies—every time you eat.

Live in the present moment. Watch your favorite Christmas movie, go for a walk, read a children's Christmas storybook, listen to the laughter of your family home for the Holidays.

Present yourself with a glass of water every hour or so—it will do wonders for your mood and your waistline.

Give a present to the person behind you at the drive-thru by paying for their order.

Remember that this present, this day ,will not occur again. Make it count, enjoy it, find one thing to help make someone else's day better—and it will make yours better also!



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