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    10 Tips to Surviving the Holiday Season

    The holiday season is almost here, and we all know that the reality is this time of the year has the potential to create more anxiety than “thankfulness” and “yuletide cheer.” If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and thinking about hiding in your bedroom until January 2nd, there are preventive measures that you can put in place to eliminate the stress and the last minute shopping frenzy! Here are some tips that will keep you smiling all season long! Try them all or just a few and let us know how it goes!

    1. Delegate the Little Jobs
    Even though you have been designated to host this year’s festivities, ask for a little help from your friends and family. Assign people to do the jobs that are necessary but tedious so that you can focus on more important aspects, such as cooking and cleaning the house.

    2. Take an Impromptu Trip
    Before the holidays come around, give yourself the gift of a mini-vacation. Treat yourself, maybe a friend or your favorite family member, to the vacation of a lifetime. This is the year to pamper yourself before the holiday chaos.

    3. Carefully Plan Gift Buying
    Going into debt for the friends and family is not the way to show them that you appreciate them. Before hitting the mall, assess how much money you have to spend and how many people you can afford to give gifts to. Once you figure out your budget, set a deadline to complete everything.

    4. Plan Events Outside of the House
    Scheduling fun activities during the holidays will help entertain houseguests - this will also keep you from being in “work mode.” Casino trips are great one stop shops for groups. Between dining, entertainment, and gaming, it’s pretty easy to find something for everyone. Starting November 1st, we have multiple awesome jackpot giveaways: the $25,000 Fall into Big Cash Promotion, the $2,500 Pre-Black Friday Frenzy, and The Black Friday Frenzy $10,000 giveaway. Imagine all the great gifts you can buy with your winnings!

    5. Use the Internet
    A replacement for mailing out physical cards is emailing e-holiday cards. You may even want to skip the mall and shop online to curb your impulse buying. Shopping online makes it easier to compare prices and eliminates traffic, and you can have the gift shipped directly to the person it is intended for.

    6. Go Shopping with Friends
    Carpool with friends to complete your holiday shopping, or ask your best friend to go shopping with you. Make it a fun day by checking out a movie or enjoying a sit-down lunch. Braving those long checkout lines will not be so bad with friends to keep you company.

    7. Hire Someone to Help
    Between dealing with your normal schedule and attending holiday functions for you and your family, cooking and cleaning for the holidays can seem overwhelming. Hire a local teenager or older retired person looking for extra income to help you dust for cobwebs or complete any task that you do not have time to complete.

    8. Holiday Restaurant Dining
    Keep it simple by choosing a festive restaurant. If you live in or near Kansas City, Calypso’s all-you-can-eat buffet at Isle of Capri Casino is the perfect spot! Now, nobody can complain about your cooking!

    9. Avoid Arguing with Family Members
    Every family has at least one relative who starts drudging up old dirt just to start arguments. If you sense a tense moment, try to tell happy stories that will keep everyone laughing. If there is someone at the gathering that you hold a grudge against, smile and genuinely wish that person a happy holiday.

    10. Take a Minute to Relax
    During the holidays, take a “me moment” from the barrage of invitations and people asking for favors. Make some time to catch up on sleep, take a walk, watch a classic holiday movie, or sip on some warm apple cider while reading a book. Whatever you do, focus on you.

    Gathering with friends and family should make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, not make you act like a Scrooge. Incorporating some of these suggestions into your holiday plans will keep you congratulating yourself about surviving the holiday madness and looking forward to spending next year’s holidays with the people you cherish the most.

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