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Surviving the Holidays For Dummies

Surviving the Holidays For Dummies

Consumer Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-49593-3

Sep 2012

72 pages

Select type: E-Book



Just the thought of the holidays can be overwhelming: the decorating, the shopping, the entertaining, and the extra commitments (not to mention the extra calories). Fortunately, Surviving the Holidays For Dummies offers expert tips to help you make it through the holidays in one piece — with your friends and family marveling at how you do it all! This specially created ebook is divided into four parts that guide you through the holiday process. We can't help you with every holiday happening (and we would never claim to be able to do so) but we can help you plan and prepare for what should be the most wonderful time of the year. So whether you're having trouble getting in the holiday spirit or overwhelmed by all the shopping and entertaining, we've culled tried-and-true content from many of our bestselling titles to bring you this fun, approachable ebook to survive — and thrive — throughout the Holiday season. You'll start with tips and hints for avoiding as much holiday stress as possible and discover how you can get a head start on holiday shopping with gift ideas and, of course, Dummies product suggestions. Next up you'll find out how to entertain like a pro and host a stellar bash — from choosing a date and planning a menu to making your holidays flow smoothly with handy, must-have to-do lists. Plus, you'll find easy-to-follow recipes for drinks, appetizers, main and side dishes, and desserts and that will make you the talk of Tinsel Town. And what would any holiday be without a bit of overindulgence? If the holidays leave you feeling drained and in need of a recharge, we've got advice for how to quickly recover, both mentally and physically. We've even included a lighthearted Part of Tens. In this section, you discover what you should (and shouldn’t) do during the holidays. 'Tis the season to enjoy the holidays with a little bit of help from For Dummies.
Introduction 1

How This Book Is Organized 1

Icons Used in This Book 2

Where to Go from Here 2

Chapter 1: Getting in the Holiday Mindset 3

Avoiding Holiday Stress 3

Surprise! Cleaning Your House for Unexpected Guests 6

Stocking Up on Christmas Spirits 8

Chapter 2: Surviving Holiday Shopping 11

Dealing with Gift Expectations 11

Making Your Own Gifts  15

Chapter 3: So You Want to Have a Party? 27

Deciding What Kind of Party to Have 27

Choosing a Date 29

Sizing Up Your Space 30

Planning Your Guest List 31

Inviting Your Guests 33

Chapter 4: Cooking Up a Storm 35

Planning Your Menu 35

Greeting Your Guests with Quick and Easy Appetizers 36

Serving a Salad 37

Making a Main Course 37

Preparing Side Dishes 40

Indulging in Dessert 43

Chapter 5: Making Your Party Shine 47

Developing the Right Attitude 47

Preparing an Action Plan: It’s All about the Lists 48

Setting the Mood with Music 51

Being a Good Host 51

Chapter 6: Returning to a Positive State of Mind 55

Lifting Your Post-Holiday Spirits 55

Regaining a Positive Outlook 56

Letting Your Actions Speak Louder Than Words 58

Developing Closer Social Ties 60

Relaxing after the Festivities 61

Chapter 7: Feeling as Good Physically

as You Do Mentally 63

Getting Fit — No Time Like the Present! 63

Giving Yoga a Try 66

Striving for a Relaxed Body and Mind: Meditation 68

Chapter 8: Ten or So Holiday Do’s and Don’ts 71

Do Make Yourself a Priority 71

Do Take Time to Ask about House Rules

or Make Them Clear 71

Don’t Be a Hero 72

Do Let Social Media Help You 72

Do Stick with What You Know 72

Do Unwrap It Already 73

Don’t Expect to Attend Every Party and Event 73

Do Be Reasonable When Planning 73