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Hello


December











This month we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and other traditions.  While this can provide many fun and wonderful memories, this can also be a very stressful month for many of us.  On top of everything we are responsible for on a day to day basis, many of us will be adding on a heap of other things we want to get done.  Baking, shopping, wrapping presents, sending out holiday cards, attending shool functions, holiday parties, and on and on.
Take some time to plan out this month.  Create a Task List for the month of December.  Write down everything you
















Let's all try to remain understanding and mindful of ourselves and/or others who may be struggling this time of year.  Maintaining emotional balance can often be most challenging during the winter holidays.  Pace yourself.  Keep in mind that all of the best planning, can still not guarantee the outcome we expect, every time.














Acceptance





Expectations







Have you ever experienced being so  excited for something, only to find out that when the event finally arrived, you were left feeling sad, angry, or disappointed?  If we're honest with ourselves, we will most often find that the problem really stemmed from ourselves.  It is not uncommon for people to unknowingly set themselves up for negative outcomes, simply because of our expectations.  Remember to keep your acceptance high, and your expectations low.






Holiday Tips
Make sure that you and your family get plenty of rest, especially this time of year.









Limit alcohol consumption, and remember that if you will be drinking, please be responsible.









Set a firm limit/budget on how much money you will spend on the holidays.  Keep in mind that homemade items are always a wonderful gift, and the best gift of all that we can give to another, is our time.