26 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress until New Year’s

Only 1 day till Thanksgiving, 27 days till Chanukah!  31 days till Christmas! 38 days till New Year’s!  Time is running out.  (Actually “time” doesn’t run out it since linear “time” is just a tiny mechanism in our brains that helps us keep our sanity).


Instead of having a traditional Thanksgiving meal loaded with high calorie, fat filled, sugar laden food shake things up and start a new tradition:  Here’s some possibilities:

1.  Serve only things that begin with the letter T (for Thanksgiving of course):

  • TWINKIES (for Maureen)
  • Taco
  • Tamales
  • Turnips
  • Tangerines
  • Turtle cheesecake
  • Toast
  • Tofu
  • Tuna fish
  • Trix cereal
  • Tabuli
  • Tiramisu
  • Tripe
  • Tostada
  • Tootsie rolls (for Wendy)
  • Truffles
  • Tortilla chips
  • Tempura

2.  Go straight for the fat filled, sugar laden empty calories  – Start with desert and skip the rest.

3. Do not get together with anyone you’re related to so you can be honest about who and what you are thankful for.

4. Hold a cranberry stomp in a wine barrel and drink the juice.

5. Adopt a turkey, instead of eating one.

6.  Go to bed tonight and don’t get out until January 3, 2012


  1. Instead of buying  a tree watch your friends decorate (and take down) theirs
  2. Convert to Judaism
  3. Sit in the lobby of a 5-star hotel and enjoy EXPENSIVE decorations.
  4. Make dinner potluck, you supply the paper plates and plastic cutlery
  5. Christmas dinner – Start with dessert and forget the rest.
  6. Sit on the beach in Bali
  7. Go to bed on the 23rd and get up on the 3rd
  8. Only buy presents for Jesus.
  9. Put a cover on the outside chimney opening so you don’t have to put out cookies and milk.


1. Watch your friends decorate (and take down) their Christmas tree.

2. Convert to Christianity

3. Stay in a 5-star hotel for 8 days and nights.

4. Use credit cards instead of gelt

5. Instead of gambling with a dreidle at home go to Vegas

6. Don’t give presents, do good deeds

7. Go to bed on Thanksgiving and wake up on Christmas

8. Bake a potato instead of grating them to death

9. Eat macaroons with Ben & Jerry

New Years:

1. Remember, you are in bed until the 3rd, unless you’re Jewish.

2. If you are Jewish, go back to bed.

God Bless, Peace on Earth & Sanity to all my Friends!

P.S.  I am Thankful for EVERYONE OF YOU!

21 comments on “26 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress until New Year’s

  1. I’m just saying NO to most of the holidays.

    We had a Thanksgiving meal, that we bought.

    NO FAMILY! I really don’t know how I came from those people.

    NO parties, NO crowds, No shopping…well 2 presents, one to a dear little girl friend who sends me things in the mail, and loves me dearly! and one to our niece.

    With me having such health issues…and surgery next week, plus hubby just got laid off…I decided the stress of the holidays are just too much. So I’m just saying NO. : )

    A wish for Peach, Love, and Happiness to all of us!!


  2. Happy Thanksgiving Miss J ~ I think I’ll just stick with a giant bowl full of Gratitude ♥ Appreciation ♥ Love ~ for a life filled with wonderful children, amazing friends & a passion to experience this adventure called life. Certainly not what was expected but in many ways so much more…………. focusing on the Happy………………♥ U ~ xoxoxoxo, L


    • Dear my best friend Linda,
      I’ve never had a bowl full of gratitude and would like to taste some. I’m a devoted fan of Human cooking and I bet you are a very good cook. Please bring some when you visit.
      Lickingly LLLLLLLLLLL


  3. I will take your advice … and go to bed until 2012 … LOL

    Had a “bee in my bonnet”, and just had to (why, I don’t know??) venture out of my snuggly surroundings to collect items for cranberry relish for hostess gift tomorrow … so I am at least ready for Thanksgiving Dinner!!

    Judy, Happy Thanksgiving to both of you … Max, I love the last photo Judy managed to “catch” of you after an exhausting day!! I think I will follow suit. 😀 xoxox becca


  4. We opted for some c and s words for my “thankful I’m not with my in-laws or most of my relatives” meal: croissants, cheese, swiss chard, spring greens with vingerette, and for a t word: tomoto.
    All my holiday shopping is done; this is the last year I’m buying presents for most of my in-laws. Next year, I hope to make a few things for my friends and the h**l with most of my in-laws and relatives. There are a few that are okay, but the rest I can easily do without. I’m boycotting family gatherings — which they are probably just as glad since last Christmas I had to go to the er due to choking on some food.
    So, all that’s left is some wrapping — the gifts are already assigned to a gift bag for each family. Christmas dinner will be either quiche or lasgna — our tradition.
    If things go as planned, I’ll be away from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18, back just in time to watch my favourite chirismas shows like Muppet Christmas Carol, Hoofs of Fire, Olive, the other Reindeer, the Grinch (cartoon version with Boris Karloff of course!), and the black and white version of Alistair Sim’s A Christmas Carol.
    We don’t decorate, put up trees, or such. Sometimes hubby does put up a wreather with lights. We just aren’t te holiday sort. Comes from being antisocial and I guess.
    Love your ideas on how to survive the holidays — hope you do!


    • Lorraine,
      Holey, Moley — you are so far ahead of me. Not only haven’t I done one thing for Christmas I’m still working on Valentine’s day 2011.
      I like the lasagna idea very much. I’ve always wanted to get a bunch of girlfriends together and make tamales for the holidays. Since it is such a production I think it would be a fun day.
      I rarely watch Christmas shows. Comes from being immersed in fantasy the other 11 months of the year I think
      Hope your Thanksgiving is a thankful one.


      • We actually, in a way, had 3 thanksgivings: our brie and croissants, then, thanks to our landlady, 2 meals of turkey, ham, homemade cranberry sauce, brussell sprouts with broccolli (spelling), mashed potatoes and califlower souffle.
        I’m going to start a “thankful” journal — will try to write one thing that I am thankful for every day. It’s the small things that sometimes are the most thankful of all.
        Thanks for sharing your 22 ways, and all your other blogs postings!


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