Christmas Organizing Tips
Create New Traditions:
Sometimes traditions outgrow themselves. “That’s how we’ve always done it” doesn’t mean it still works given where you and your family are now. Just for this year try starting a new tradition and parting from an old one.
Think Outside the (Gift) Box:
The best presents are never the most expensive but the most thoughtful. Give someone a voucher for a massage, breakfast in bed or a night out at the movies and drinks afterward. You aren’t being generous spending money on others if you can’t afford it.
Express More Gratitude:
Like a sweet treat, expressing gratitude or just paying a compliment has a way of lifting others’ spirits by bringing a smile to their face. Just think about whose day you brighten by taking a moment to appreciate them today. As research has shown, acts of kindness toward others benefit the giver every bit as much as the person on the receiving end.
Lighten Up & Have Some Fun:
Having fun and being playful isn’t just for kids. Yet too often we grown-ups get so caught up in the seriousness of life that we forget to have fun. Giving yourself permission to be playful, to act ‘childish’ and to engage in activities that make you smile is not only good for your health, but it can be totally cut through the relationship tensions that often build in the holiday season.
Be courageous and get outside your comfort zone:
hold silly contests like who has the most unfashionable holiday apparel. Offer to sing your favorite songs and carols for those around you (even if you have a terrible voice). Play your golden oldies CDs in the office (everyone has to bring in their own).
Keep your ideas simple and focused on involving everyone and having a fun time (even those people who drive you a bit nuts).
Easy Peppermint Patti-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
- 1 Box Chocolate
- Cake Mix
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1/2 c. Canola Oil
- 14 York Peppermint Patties
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until fully combined.
- Form small balls of dough. Flatten a ball, then place a Peppermint Patty in the center and fold dough over to completely cover. Transfer to baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough (you should have enough for about 14 cookies
- Sprinkle with sprinkles and bake until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes