How to Cope with Your Ex Dating Someone New

Breakups are always hard, but they’re worse when your ex moves on before you. When you find out your ex has a new partner, it’s important to use healthy ways to process the news. Then, you can deal with your feelings by acknowledging how you feel, talking to friends, and journaling. If you haven’t already, set strong boundaries between yourself and your ex. Finally, focus on your own happiness to help yourself move on.

EditSteps
EditProcessing the News
Avoid comparing yourself to their new partner. Don’t try to learn more about their new partner or question what they have that you don’t. Resist the urge to ask mutual friends for details! You will only make yourself feel worse.[1]
When you compare yourself to others, you’re never fair to yourself. That’s because it’s easy to see what others have that we don’t, but it’s hard to recognize what’s great about you.

Remind yourself why you’re not together. No matter how sad you might be feeling, there’s a reason you broke up. Remember all their bad habits and inconsiderate behaviors? Now their new partner has to deal with them![2]
Write down all of the bad things that happened while you were together.[3]
Think about all the ways they let you down.

Distract yourself with fun activities. Don’t give yourself time to dwell on your ex’s new relationship. Go out with your friends, do something creative, try a new hobby, challenge yourself physically, or go on an adventure. Fill your life with awesome activities, and you won’t have time to worry about your ex.[4]
Try something you’ve always wanted to try.

Do the things you used to enjoy before your relationship with your ex, such as girls night, hot yoga, or taking an evening art class.

Don’t trash talk your ex to make yourself feel better. This works temporarily, but it’ll hurt you in the long run. It keeps you stuck in your breakup rut. Your ex’s relationship with someone else won’t stop you from living the life you want. Only you can do that![5]
It’s okay to vent on occasion, but don’t let all of your conversations turn into rants about your ex.

If someone changes the subject, don’t try to change it back to your ex.

EditDealing with Your Feelings
Name the emotions you’re feeling instead of fighting them. It’s normal to feel a range of emotions when you find out your ex is dating someone new. Don’t try to force yourself to stop feeling them. Instead, acknowledge what you’re feeling and let it pass.[6]
It’s okay if you need to cry sometimes.

Talk to your friends about your feelings. Meet them in person for coffee, or text them whenever you need to talk. Let them know if you need to vent or would like advice.[7]
Choose the people you trust the most.

Try to avoid talking to mutual friends, as they might inadvertently mention details about your ex.

Journal about your thoughts and feelings. Keeping a journal allows you to work through your feelings on your own. You could write in it every day or when you’re feeling upset.[8]
You could keep a paper journal or a digital journal, depending on which you prefer.

Forgive them if they hurt you. Don’t hold onto your hurt feelings. It may feel like forgiveness is for the other person, but it’s really for you. Forgiveness will give you the freedom to move on. Look for their good qualities in addition to the bad, and realize that they likely weren’t trying to hurt you.[9]
Let go of your anger and resentment toward your ex. Holding onto anger only punishes you.

Remember the good parts of your relationship, as well as the lessons you’ve learned. Although they hurt you, some good likely came from the relationship.

Talk to someone about your feelings, such as a friend or therapist. Writing in your journal can also help you work through these feelings.

You might even write a long letter to your ex about how they hurt you. Burn it or throw it away instead of sending it.

You don’t need to let the person back into your life. With forgiveness, you can actually let go of them forever, if that’s what you want.

Don’t let one bad experience prevent you from finding happiness with someone else.

EditSetting Boundaries
Cut off all contact, if you haven’t already. It’s hard not talking to someone you care about, but it’s the best thing for you! Resist the urge to reach out via phone, text, or email. When you feel tempted, contact a friend instead.[10]
If they keep texting you or you feel tempted to text them, block their number.

If you must stay in contact with them because you share children, keep your communications focused on your children.

Don’t try to be friends with them right now. It’s possible you could eventually be friends with your ex, but first you need to get over the breakup. Give yourself the time and space away from them you need to heal.[11]
If they ask you to be friends, tell them you need space. Say, “I’ll think about it, but right now I need to do my own thing. I need my space.”

Unfollow them on all social media. It’s hard to sever the ties after a breakup. It might feel scary to lose contact with someone who was once special to you. Plus, it’s likely a tiny part of you wants to spy on them to see if they’re doing better than you. However, this will just make you feel crappy and make it hard to move on.[12]
It’s okay to taper off your social media contact with them, if it’s too hard to hit unfollow. However, you need to eventually break those ties.

Additionally, resist the urge to ask mutual friends about what they’re doing. You might even unfollow some of your mutual friends who often post about your ex until you’re over the breakup.

Avoid the places they frequent. You likely know many of your ex’s habits, so use that knowledge to your advantage. Stay away from their favorite restaurants, coffee houses, and other haunts. Don’t visit their workplace, if you can help it. Until you’re over the breakup, do your best to keep your distance.[13]
Seeing them out on a date would hurt, so don’t risk it.

Visit places you used to enjoy before you dated them.

Set a goal to try out all the cool new places you’ve never tried before.

EditFocusing on Your Own Happiness
Forgive yourself for your past relationship mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes! Don’t beat yourself up for the issues in your relationships. Think about the lessons you’ve learned instead.[14]
Write down how each relationship has improved you.

Recognize the work you put into the relationship.

Embrace self love. Instead of trying to find love, give love to yourself. List the things you love about yourself, including your personality, body, and talents. Use positive self talk to create a good outlook about yourself.[15]
To use positive self talk, notice when you’re telling yourself negative things. Replace those thoughts with honest, positive statements. You can also use positive affirmations.

Date yourself! Go to the movies, go out for coffee, eat dinner in a nice restaurant, go for a nice walk in the park, and get tickets to a concert you’ve always wanted to see.

Tell yourself you deserve someone who wants the same things you do. You and your ex broke up for a reason. Even if you didn’t want to break up, it’s important to remember your ex had their reasons. They may not have wanted the same things you did, and they clearly didn’t love you as much as you deserve. Look for the person who will.[16]
Make a list of everything you want in a relationship and how your ex didn’t fulfill those needs.

If you broke off the relationship, remember why you wanted to part ways.

Take a step toward a goal you have. This will help you direct your energies toward personal fulfillment, not your ex. Even a tiny step toward your goal can help you feel better. Do something easy, then keep up the momentum![17]
Break your goal into small, manageable steps. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, you might start by training for a 5K.

Do one nice thing for yourself each day. You deserve a treat! This will help you feel better about your life and yourself. Here are some ideas:[18]
Go out for lunch.

Spend time on a hobby.

Buy yourself a coffee.

Pick up a dessert to-go.

Buy yourself something you’ve been eyeing.

Focus on the positive things in your life. Instead of looking at what you don’t have, meaning your ex, take note of what’s going well in your life. Think about your career, friendships, hobbies, goals, etc. Here are some things to consider:[19]
Look at your life the way you’re looking at your ex. Turn your own highlight reel into a story about how well your life is going.

If you’re having trouble finding things to celebrate, ask those closest to you to help point out the good things in your life. Chances are they’ll be able to list off several awesome things you’re overlooking!

Work out your feelings through exercise. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Choose an exercise that lets you blow off some steam, like kickboxing, dancing, or running.[20]
You might try high-intensity training or interval training. The high intensity portions of the workout will allow you to release built up emotions. The recovery periods will give you time to catch your breath.

Tend to your self care. When you’re going through a tough time, it’s normal to neglect your self care. However, it’s extremely important that you take care of yourself. Give yourself the care you need, such as the following:[21]
Maintain your sleep schedule.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Soak in the bathtub.

Engage in relaxing activities.

Begin dating again only when you’re ready. Don’t rush into a new relationship or go out looking for a one night stand. While there’s nothing wrong with exploring the dating scene, wait until you’re fully ready. Not giving yourself enough time to recover will only make you feel worse.[22]

EditTips
Remind yourself that the pain is temporary. You will feel better!

When you’re feeling bad, talk to someone who cares about you, like a friend or relative. You can even reach out to online forums.

EditWarnings
Don’t try to make yourself feel better by rushing into a relationship with someone else. You’ll only hurt yourself in the long run.

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Today in History for 30th November 2018

Historical Events

1735 – States of Holland forbid Free Masonry
1939 – USSR invades Finland, bombs Helsinki
1942 – German supply vessel Uckermark (formerly called the Altmark) explodes and sinks off Yokohama
1963 – 28th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 10-8 in Birmingham, Auburn’s first points in the series in five years
1979 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 – Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges

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Famous Birthdays

1855 – Marie WF Treub, Dutch economist/minister of Agriculture/Finance
1930 – James Felton Boyd, Rocky Mount NC, light HW boxer (Olympic gold 1956)
1960 – Rich Fields, American television personality
1966 – David Nicholls, English novelist and screenwriter
1976 – Cypher Zero, American circus innovator (New York Circus Arts)
1987 – Dougie Poynter, British singer and bassist (McFly)

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Famous Deaths

1761 – John Dollond, British optician and owner of 1st patent for achromatic lens, dies at 55
1900 – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist (Importance of Being Earnest), dies in Paris at 46
1931 – Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, French composer, dies at 46
1972 – Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Kubiniana, Requiem), dies at 71
2000 – Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), drowns in a sailing accident at 45
2015 – Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93

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Today in History for 29th November 2018

Historical Events

1760 – French commandant Beletre surrenders Detroit to Maj R Rogers
1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time
1944 – The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
1958 – 23rd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 14-8 in Birmingham
1962 – Baseball decides to revert back to 1 all star game per year
1981 – Major Iranian offensive mounted on central front

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Famous Birthdays

1797 – Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, composer
1929 – Don January, American golfer (PGA C’ship 1967), born in Plainview, Texas
1931 – André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
1949 – Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter (d. 1983)
1968 – Dee Brown, NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Jacksonville, Florida
1982 – Lucas Black, American film and television actor (Sling Blade), born in Decatur, Alabama

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Famous Deaths

1268 – Clement IV, [Guido Fulcodi], Pope (1265-68), dies
1843 – Marco Santucci, Italian composer, dies at 81
1974 – Haroldson L Hunt, US multi-millionaire, dies at 85
1976 – Godfrey Cambridge, actor (Watermelon Man), dies at 43
2006 – Allen Carr, English anti-smoking campaigner (b. 1934)
2007 – Ralph Beard, American basketball player (b. 1927)

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How to Propagate Bougainvillea

Raising a garden full of woody, bright-bloomed bougainvillea only requires a single plant. Simply cut from the stem of an existing plant, coat the end in rooting hormone, and stick it in a shallow container filled with well-drained potting soil. After a thorough initial watering, cover the cutting with a plastic bag and leave it to sit somewhere dim and cool. With minimal interference, it will develop into its own self-sufficient plant in as little as 3-6 months.

EditSteps
EditTaking a Cutting from the Parent Plant
Cut a mature stem to a length of . Use a pair of sharp pruning shears to snip the lower end of the stem at a slight angle. Only take healthy cuttings that do not have signs of disease of infestation. Cutting the stem at an angle increases its surface area, allowing it to take up more moisture and nutrients from the planting soil.[1]
Wear gardening gloves and eye protection when you take a cutting.

Take semi-ripe or hardwood for your cuttings rather than younger sections that are still green.

The best time to take cuttings from bougainvillea is late-spring to mid-summer, when growth is most rapid and abundant.

Getting bougainvillea to root can be tricky. Consider taking multiple cuttings to give yourself more than one shot if your first attempt fails. You can cut back as much as a third of the plant’s growth without worrying about harming it.

Sterilize your gardening tools with rubbing alcohol before and after you take a cutting.

Prune the leaves from the stem. The stem is the only part of the bougainvillea that will take root successfully. Cut away all flowers, leaves, and small offshoots from the slender, woody shaft. Trim and discard any sections that are still green, as these are less likely to survive when planted.[2]
Make sure you remove at least half of the leaves from the stem. This will help ensure that all of the plant’s resources are being used to form new roots.

If you’re not planning on rooting your bougainvillea right away, wrap your cuttings in a damp paper towel and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight plastic bag. This will keep them from drying out for 1-2 weeks.

Dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Wet the bottom of the stem and press it into a container of powdered rooting hormone. Coat the underside thoroughly, but avoid caking or clumping. To remove excess powder, tap the stem lightly with your fingertip.[3]
Rooting hormone can be found at most major gardening centers, greenhouses, and plant nurseries. It’s also sometimes known as “rooting acid.”

You can also try making your own rooting hormone at home using ingredients like apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, honey, or crushed Aspirin.[4]

EditPlanting the Cutting
Fill a small container with a well-drained soil. For best results, purchase a growing medium designed specifically for propagating from seeds and cuttings. You can also use a mixture of commercial potting soil, organic garden compost, and sand. Leave about ¼ inch (0.64 cm) at the top of the container to allow space for watering.[5]
When using a packaged soil, consider mixing in ⅓ perlite, vermiculite, or horticultural grit to promote proper drainage.[6]
You’ll only be caring for your bougainvillea in this container until it takes root, so a pot as small as will work just fine.

Insert the cutting into the soil. Sink the stem below the surface of the soil to ensure that it’s anchored firmly. If you’re working with a denser soil mixture and you’re worried about damaging the stem, it may help to first open up a narrow hole using a pencil or similar object.[7]
Inserting the stem into the soil at a slight angle may help more of the existing nodes sprout into roots.[8]
Use only one cutting per pot to provide plenty of room for growth and prevent competition.

Water the newly planted cutting thoroughly. Use enough water to moisten the surface of the soil without oversaturating it. After watering, allow the cutting to sit undisturbed. A healthy drink will encourage it to begin putting down new roots.[9]
Be careful not to overwater your bougainvillea cutting. Too much moisture could inhibit the rooting process, or even lead to more harmful complications like rotting or fungal disease.

Cover the potted cutting with a plastic bag. The surrounding layer of plastic will create a miniature greenhouse effect, trapping in humidity. In just a few weeks, the abundance of moisture will help the plant begin growing on its own. Once it’s covered, pick out a cool, shady spot inside your home away from direct heat or sunlight to store the cutting.[10]
Seal the bag by tying or zipping, if possible. Otherwise, it should be okay to simply drape the plastic cover over the top of the pot and make sure the bottom is weighted and secure.

You can also use a cloche or coldframe, if you have access to one.[11]

Look for the cutting to begin sprouting within 6-10 weeks. You’ll know your bougainvillea cutting has taken root when small green leaves begin to form along the stem. In the meantime, avoid removing the bag or otherwise disturbing the plant. Doing so could inhibit the rooting process.[12]
In most cases, it’s better to wait until numerous offshoots begin appearing along the stem than to risk uprooting it too early.

EditPreparing Developing Plants for a Container or Garden
Allow the cutting to continue rooting until 4-6 leaves have appeared. This may take anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on the state of the cutting and your exact soil conditions. Once the stem begins producing foliage again, it will be safe to repot it in a larger container or transplant it to your garden.[13]
There’s no need to water the cutting the way you would a seedling, as the roots are not yet fully developed.

Introduce the rooted cutting to full sunlight gradually. Most veteran gardeners recommend a “hardening-off” phase that lasts at least 2 weeks. To do this, simply move the plant to an area with slightly more direct sunlight every 5-7 days. A slow process of acclimation will help it adapt to its new environment and increase its chances of survival.[14]
Situating your bougainvillea in direct sunlight before it’s ready could kill it, leaving you with nothing to show for your efforts.

Keep the cutting within . During this time, you’ll want to limit the plant’s exposure to especially warm or cold conditions. It’s a good idea to bring it inside during the hottest part of the afternoon and in the evening after the sun sets.[15]
Rapid fluctuations in temperature can also be hard on young cuttings, even if they’re relatively modest.

Bougainvillea is most comfortable at the same temperatures you are. For this reason, the inside of your home will generally be the best place for it.

Uproot the cutting and establish it in its new home. Tap the outside of the rooting pot to gently dislodge the compacted soil. Upend the entire pot carefully on your palm, holding the cutting firmly between the fingers of your opposite hand. Your bougainvillea is now ready to be planted in a container or flower bed and continue growing on its own.[16]
Plant your bougainvillea in spring or summer so it will have time to establish itself before winter arrives.[17]
Your cutting’s container or plot should be at least twice as large as its growing root system to give it plenty of room to spread out comfortably.

Once established, bougainvillea doesn’t respond well to having its roots disturbed. If you want to transplant a growing shrub a second time, it may be best to just purchase a new one.

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EditTips
Take more than one stem cutting if possible. That way, you’ll have another shot if your first couple of attempts fail.

Bougainvillea is a remarkably hearty, low-maintenance plant that has a good chance of success in almost any home or garden.

When performed correctly, rooting may yield more plants than you have the space for. Consider displaying the extras around your home, or giving away them away to friends and family as gifts.

EditThings You’ll Need
Small container

Pruning shears

Rooting hormone

Balanced, well-drained potting soil

Plastic bag, cloche, or coldframe

Large container or garden space (for replanting)

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How to Get Ready for Christmas

Do you love Christmas but hate the stress leading up to it? The holidays should be a fun time of year that you can easily tackle in a fun and organized manner. Plan your gifts, set the scene, and loosen your belt so you can eat the holiday away.

EditSteps
EditPlanning Gifts
Brainstorm gift ideas. As the saying goes, it’s better to give than to receive. Have fun thinking about what to give your family, friends, and whomever else is lucky enough to get on your list. Write down your ideas to ensure that you don’t miss anyone. Whether it’s a gag gift or a sentimental one, taking the time to find the right gift for the right person is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.[1]
Finding the right gift for someone may be difficult but you can search for online gift guides to help you through the process. A good starting point can be choosing a gift based on the personality or your relationship. For example, if the person is a friend from college, you can give them a sweatshirt from your alma mater.

Ask if the person has a wish list. While it may seem lazy, research has shown that people receiving a gift that they actually want makes them happier than if they were to receive a gift that a lot of thought was put into. However, if you do put a lot of thought into a gift you may feel closer to the receiver.[2]

Make a list and check it twice. It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit so prepare a list and budget. Just because you have the perfect gift idea for your dad, doesn’t mean you should mortgage your home to get it for him. Be disciplined in your spending by creating a list, complete with prices and alternatives, and keep it with you at all times.[3]

Shop online if you want to avoid crowds. Avoid the holiday crowds by shopping in the comfort in your own home. It is easier to stick to your budget as you keep a spreadsheet open or app to help you track your spending. You may also find great promotions and deals exclusive to shopping sites. Be aware to read the fine print on shipping and returns. You don’t want to buy the perfect gift and have it arrive 2 weeks late, damaged, and only eligible for store credit.[4]

Shop in person if you want to make sure the item is exactly what you’re looking for. Shopping online can be risky because you may not get a chance to see and hold the item. If the item is the wrong colour, size, or texture, you may not have time to return it. Shopping in person can also be a fun activity when done with company as you can joke or get another opinion if you’re having trouble deciding.

Begin a countdown. You can find many chocolate calendars that help you get into the Christmas spirit with a daily treat. If chocolate isn’t your thing, you can also use any calendar or download a fun app to help countdown the days. Countdowns help build anticipation and let you stay on track with your shopping and preparations.

EditSetting the Scene
Use an aroma pot. Waking up to the smells of the season are a great way to start each day. Create a Christmas aroma pot using orange, cinnamon, apple cider, and cloves. Let everything simmer during the day so that the aroma wafts throughout your entire your home.[5]

Create a festive music playlist. No matter what genre of music you enjoy, chances are there are Christmas songs that are perfect for your musical taste. While variety is good, only you know what songs can get you in the mood for the season. Whether you find each individual song or download a pre made playlist, enjoy the sounds of the season.[6]
Some popular Christmas songs are “Santa Baby” by Madonna, “All I want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” By Thurl Ravenscroft, “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson, and something from Michael Bublé’s Christmas album.[7]

Decorate your home, office, and yourself. As soon as Halloween is over, Christmas decorations will start to appear. The earlier you shop for decorations, the cheaper they will be. You may also use social media to find used and unique decorations as well as instructions on how to create your own. You may also decorate your food, your face, your clothes, or anything else you have permission to decorate.[8]
Buy festive wrapping paper, Christmas lights and ornaments on sale right after Christmas. Buy them with neighbors for bulk pricing.

Encourage your neighbors to decorate their homes with lights.

Watch a Christmas movie. There are many classic Christmas movies that you can stream online or watch on tv as many major networks will begin to show Christmas programming. You may also watch new release movies as Christmas time has some of the biggest and most anticipated movie openings of the year.[9]
Some great examples of Christmas movies are Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Elf.

Get your Christmas tree and decorate it. Christmas trees are synonymous with the season. Whether you go out and choose a real tree or get your plastic one from the basement, enjoy the annual tradition of decorating your tree with your family and friends. Themes can always be fun to let your creative juices flow.[10]
Although live trees are traditional, consider a less flammable synthetic tree to reduce the risk of fire ruining your Christmas.

If you don’t have the space or budget for a full blown tree, visit local displays. Department stores and even entire neighbourhoods will display Christmas trees so check your community calendar.[11]

EditEating Your Holidays Away
Build a gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses are a fun activity for family or friends. Find your favourite recipe and build the type of house that fits your budget and schedule. Whether you’re making it to be displayed or to be eaten, enjoy the process.[12]
You could also choose to buy a Gingerbread house-making kit. These kits are quite common, and can be found in grocery stores as well as department stores. Buying a kit can make the whole affair much easier and simpler, but can be more costly than if you made the ingredients yourself.

Bake Christmas goodies ahead of time. Christmas is a great time to mix old favourites with new recipes. Baked goods are a fun gift and are tough to run out of since this is the most social time of the year. When you have free time to bake, make sure you freeze baked in sturdy containers that can stack easily.[13]
Ensure that the baked goods have cooled down and wrapped before storing them as you don’t want freezer burn.[14]
You may use royal icing to decorate cookies before you freeze them. Wait until the icing is hard before you stack them. You may also place each individual cookie in its own plastic bag before stacking.[15]
If you’re making a few different baked goods, keep them in separate containers to make sure the flavors don’t blend together. Store your treats in the back of the freezer to maintain freshness as they’ll keep up to 3 months.[16]

Make your own version of an Advent calendar. Advent calendars mark each day leading up to Christmas with a piece of chocolate and can be found at most grocery stores. They are cardboard boxes with little windows that you open, one for every day of December, up to Christmas. Use your imagination to create your own version with a small treat for each day. Whether you bake little pieces of chocolate or more extravagant gourmet candies, create anticipation as each day becomes a fun surprise.[17]

EditPlanning Christmas Events
Organize a family party. While many families may already have an annual tradition, make sure to send your invites early if this is the first year organizing a family Christmas. When creating your invite list, make sure that you are aware of any conflicts between family members or extended family to avoid any awkwardness. Depending on how many people you invite, be sure to create a menu for enough people and with plenty of recipes you can cook ahead of time.[18]
If you’re inviting a large number of people, save yourself time and energy by asking for contributions to the meal. Make sure to keep an organized list to get enough variety for everyone and that anyone cooking is comfortable making their assigned dish.

Organize games and activities if there are a lot of children in your family. Young children may get easily restless in anticipation of opening their presents.

Get away for the holidays. Whether traveling on your own or with others, Christmas is one of the busiest times of year to travel so book your holiday in advance. Many people choose to escape the cold weather and look to vacation in warmer climates. Create a budget and look for all-inclusive packages to help save money.
Ensure that you are able to take the time off of work before planning any vacation. Other coworkers may have already booked the time off.

Read reviews or consult a travel agent if you do not know where you would like to take your vacation. Do not book your travel itinerary without researching the pros and cons of your destination. Vacationing should be an escape from any stress so put in the work beforehand to ensure a fun filled getaway.

Plan a gift exchange with co-workers. Add some Christmas cheer to your office by organizing a gift exchange or Secret Santa. Simply place everyone’s name in a hat or organize a system in which each co-worker is anonymously assigned a fellow co-worker to buy a gift for. Make sure that there is a price limit and to stress that gifts should be appropriate for your work environment.[19]
For a more random exchange, create a cakewalk in which everyone buys a gift. Set a price limit so that no one goes overboard. Line up all the gifts and assign each with a different number. Follow the rules of musical chairs and play a song as everyone walks around the gifts. When the music stops, each person gets the gift closest to them.[20]

Find a place to worship (optional). Depending on your faith, Christmas may be a time to express your faith. Many Christian churches will post their schedules for the holidays. Find your local place of worship and be sure to come early as some places of worship may be filled beyond capacity.

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EditTips
Place breakable ornaments at the top of the tree, near the star and out of reach of young children and pets, to prevent losing treasured Christmas ornaments.

Repack the lights, ornaments and wrapping paper really well, for next year.

Hand-make things as much as you can, such as the cards, ornaments, bows and even wrapping paper (by drawing on plain paper).

Recycle the tree if it’s a live cut one, and all the paper and boxes.

Sleep in when you get time off!

Wish everyone safe, happy holidays!

Buy a white plastic Christmas tree they look surprisingly great! And some light up! It is quite splendid!

Make handmade decorations and maybe bake Christmas cakes, cookies etc.

EditWarnings
Don’t leave anything to the last minute.

Make sure to keep water in the tree stand for real Christmas trees.

Get the young ones to help you with Christmas tree lights and baking cookies.

Check Christmas bulbs, wiring, etc. to make sure they are hazard free.

Use care when burning candles.

Make sure to turn the Christmas lights off before going to bed

If you have stockings that are hung by something heavy, make sure to keep out of reach of children and on Christmas help the child get their stocking down.

Place the Christmas tree lighting on a power bar. Turn the tree lights off when leaving the tree unattended.

Do not leave the tree lit while unattended.

Don’t drink too much rum!

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Care for a Christmas Tree

Celebrate Christmas

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Make a Christmas Card Star

Create a Lasting Tradition for Baby’s First Christmas

Make Christmas Tree Cookies

Make Peanut Brittle

String Popcorn on a Christmas Tree

Start Your Christmas Shopping Early

Make Christmas Eve As Special As Christmas

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