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Banish Holiday Stress with…Christmas in July!?

For many many years I got away with a last minute approach to Christmas. Although I love to be prepared and stuff, I was the girl who would do most of her Christmas shopping December 23rd-24th and come up with fabulous gifts!! (at least no one told me otherwise).

But now that I’m an adult (I do forget that sometimes…) being a procrastinator during the holidays makes doing adult things like sending Christmas cards, getting gifts for others, you know–being thoughtful, a source of stress.

So this year, we barely made the requested dress code for my daughter’s holiday party (I didn’t read the cover letter sent home), and I forgot to give the teachers cards with their gifts. Part of me says, just let it go Ms. Perfectionist, but there is another part of me that knows it’s about better planning. I know there will be a time when kids are exchanging gifts and cards or baked goods, so I need to get on the ball!

And even if you don’t have kids, I’m sure you have holiday amnesia. We are stressed from Halloween through the New Year–but since we always manage to get through it, we do everything the SAME way the next year (or wait even longer)—forgetting how hard it was the years before.

My solution and my resolution for next year is to start writing Christmas cards in July. Yes July! I’ve been trying to get them out for 3 years now, and I haven’t. If I were to really take this all seriously, I would not procrastinate on gift buying, card writing– I’d start super duper early.

I’ve always had the mindset that Christmas shopping should be done year round, so I usually do that and have a gift drawer filled with gifts I find year round. But I need to step it up a bit. I need to give myself mooore leeway because last minute things creep up in the holiday season (unexpected house guests, needing last minute gifts for people you just met or found out are giving your child gifts!!)

So the solution to an easier season is to do what you can do early. No one will know if you write your holiday cards in July (just don’t send them!!). No one would know if you took Christmas pics in July ( I’m more diligent about exercise in the summer, no holiday weight yet…hmmm that may be a great idea!!) just don’t send them. Can you see my family traveling to some photography studio in Christmas sweaters in the summer to have our pictures taken? (well maybe we change into the Christmas garb at the studio…)

Christmas in July

Ok, seriously, if you plan ahead when the inevitable last minute things pop up, the routine and time consuming holiday things are already done.

I know in July, I’m going to feel silly writing Christmas cards, I’m going to say I’ll be able to get it done in October or even November, but I am saying to my future procrastinating self: “DON’T WAIT!” On a nice hot summer evening, sit outside, write your cards and make your shopping list (rather than wait until the card ride to the store on December 19th).

I’m starting to wonder if this is where the term Christmas in July came from…

Hmmm…

Well safe travels to everyone traveling.

Best,

A. Genise

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Gifts for Her

In honor of Black Friday–the official start of the holiday shopping season,  I’ve decided to spend this week (now that I’m back!) helping you find gifts for those you love (or like)…

Day 1: gifts for her.  This could be mom, sister, wife, grandmother, teacher, or co-worker.

Gifts for Her (2012)

1.   Crystal Vivian Necklace ($42)

Faceted Cut Black Diamond Crystal set in a Victorian Crystal encrusted Pendant, suspended from layered Leather.

2. Chevron Note Cards ($48)

These boldly colored notecards are sure to get the attention – and win the admiration – of their recipients. Each boxed set includes 50 notecards with colored trim and chevron printed backs along with envelopes boasting chevron printed interiors.

3. Wallets ($26,$49)

These super cute wallets will make anyone feel better during the dreary winter.

4. Philosophy’s  Home for the Holiday Set ($38).

The eight-piece collection of festively scented formulas is great for hair, skin, and lips.  It may be hard to part with this, so perhaps you should get two so you can keep one.

5.Graphics Metallic Votives ($8).

These delightful glass votives add lustrous shimmer to any household surface — whether they’re illuminated or not. Mix and match them on an empty mantle, on a table for a dinner party or place them near the tub before you hop in for a long, luxurious soak.

6. Pave Initial Letter Cuff ($48)

This dazzling bracelet is a cute personalized pieces with a glittering pave-encrusted initial. Just right for layering with chunky cuffs and delicate bangles alike, you’ll love the way this letter-perfect piece catches the light.

7.Pave and Pearl Drop Earrings ($38)

The updated pearl earring exudes sophisticated style. It was smart to add a touch of glittering pave stones for a dose of modern glamour. I love love these!

Pajamas for the holidays. ($25 and $30)

At home, it’s ok to have ratty tatty pjs. But when you go home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday’s it’s good to have “presentable” pjs when you are around family. Here’s a few nice ones for  you to choose from, I’m sure the women in your life will be appreciative.

Gifts for Her (2012)
For tomorrow, host/hostess gifts for the home (all under $20!!!)
Stay inspired, enjoy the journey!
Best,
A. Genise XO