Posted by: frankjwalker | November 30, 2016

Helpful Holiday Tips

holiday-tipsGet into the holiday spirit with these helpful tips.

Downsize, especially in this economy.

  • If you’re buying a gift for every sibling, aunt, uncle and in-law, set a price limit or draw names and buy for just one person.

  • Schedule a holiday dinner with friends and don’t give gifts. Focus on enjoying one another’s time.

Spread out Santa’s work.

  • Enlist the help of your spouse and kids in holiday preparations. Give the kids gifts to wrap, get their help making the cookies. This is a way to pass down those holiday recipes to the kids.

  • Don’t be the only one doing the shopping and give out a list to your spouse. You husband needs to share in the gift buying and then he will know what has been bought too.

  • Don’t decorate alone. Schedule a family decorating day this is all about relieving stress. Sharing the holiday chores will help.

Coordinating holiday activities is overwhelming.

  • You can’t do everything. Prioritize your events. Post a calendar so everyone knows time and place.

  • This sounds simple, but making a list of who you need to shop for, how much you want to spend and gift ideas will eliminate a lot of stress and extra trips to the store.

  • Buy some generic gifts to have on hand, like candles or gift cards, for any spur-of-the-moment gifts.

Just say no.

  • You don’t have to do everything and attend every function. Be gracious when you decline. In the end you won’t be overwhelmed.

Seek Good Counsel.

  • The pressures everyone faces during the holiday season can magnify existing mental health problems that may be controllable otherwise.

  • If you are experiencing more than the holiday blues, or think you may be depressed, take control of your mental health by seeking counseling.


Frank J Walker LMFT

1617 Main Street

Cambria, Ca. 93428


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