I can practically taste the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and apple pie in my mouth right now. The time is almost here, folks. It’s time to put on your seatbelts; it’s one short and fast ride from here on out. Holidays can be very daunting. You either love it or hate it. There’s no in between. With the festivities and celebrations almost here, it’s not uncommon for people to feel overwhelmed and stressed.



Remember that everything’s going to be all right.

This isn’t the end of the world.

Sheila Gonzalez has been working in retail for quite some time now and knows the ins-and-outs of what to expect and how to strategically prepare for the upcoming weeks ahead of us.

Here are some tips with the help of Sheila for surviving the holiday madness!


“There is absolutely no need to break the bank and spend your life savings away”, says Sheila confidently. Think about how much you would like to spend as a whole on all your gifts. Then, make another list about potential gifts themselves. This will remove the possibility of both overspending and impulse buys. Remember, sometimes the most meaningful gifts aren’t things you can put a value on.


Just like budgeting and making lists of potential gifts, checklists will be your best friend. If you’re a student, you’re going to be busy with finals. If you’re not in school, perhaps work will get busier or maybe you’re going to have to attend several holiday parties. Be ready. That means purchasing all your holiday wrapping, holiday cards ready to be mailed out, and food preparations. If you are cooking, do all the tedious work, like cutting the vegetables beforehand.

“Doing this will ensure you have more time to spend doing more important things” such as spending times with your loved ones, says Sheila and I will standby this notion.


There are so many sales and promotions leading up to the holidays, there is no excuse not to take advantage of them if you can. Hey, maybe you can get one for someone and the other for yourself.

Take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Yes, it may seem daunting but if you think ahead and make the appropriate checklists from the previous tips, you’ll be sure to find something.

4) Don’t Panic.

Remember, “Don’t stress the holidays because it comes and goes”. Think about creating new and fun memories that you’ll remember and look back on well after holiday season is over.

5) Always Look On The Bright Side!

Sheila reassuringly says, “there is no better feeling than being with the people you love the most” and I agree. Be grateful. Eat some pie. Laugh as much as you can. At the end of the night, it’s not about the presents. Don’t be too discouraged if things don’t go as smoothly as planned.

Like Andy Williams has said before, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Lets not forget the real meaning behind the holidays. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukah. Maybe you don’t even celebrate the holidays! Take this time to reflect about your year and having fun and making new memories with the people you care about the most.



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