12 Lessons from the Holidays

12 Lessons from the Holidays

1. Less can be more. I only put out 1/3 of our decorations.  We moved into a new house that we are sharing with a housemate and I didn't want to completely overwhelm her with our 5 boxes of Christmas. But you know what?   In addition to being easier to set up and take down, it was still homey and cozy.  Would you downsize your decorations?  

2. Sometimes dinner feels like a Sisyphean task.  I find a can of garbanzo beans, some olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice also make an excellent 30 second dinner.  My husband disagrees.  If the troops mutiny, tell them to cook their own damn dinner. :) Or better yet, ask your partner or Munchery* for help.  Not feasible? Rotate between a few favorite easy meals.  It's better than being a martyr and overextending yourself. 

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Holidays Part 5 - Christmas Simplicity Hacks

Holidays Part 5 - Christmas Simplicity Hacks

Well, holiday season is in full swing in our neighborhood.  Christmas lights are up, carols are being sung and it's even supposed to rain a few more days!

On my end, the presents are wrapped (more on presents and gift giving in a later post), the tree is up and the cards are written.  This is the first year I haven't felt rushed in a long time and I thought I would share a few tips I learned.

1.  A preprinted list of addresses.

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