Just the thought of the holidays can be overwhelming: the decorating, the shopping, the entertaining, and the extra commitments (not to mention the extra calories). Fortunately, Surviving the Holidays For Dummies offers expert tips to help you make it through the holidays in one piece — with your friends and family marveling at how you do it all! This specially created ebook is divided into four parts that guide you through the holiday process. We can't help you with every holiday happening (and we would never claim to be able to do so) but we can help you plan and prepare for what should be the most wonderful time of the year. So whether you're having trouble getting in the holiday spirit or overwhelmed by all the shopping and entertaining, we've culled tried-and-true content from many of our bestselling titles to bring you this fun, approachable ebook to survive — and thrive — throughout the Holiday season. You'll start with tips and hints for avoiding as much holiday stress as possible and discover how you can get a head start on holiday shopping with gift ideas and, of course, Dummies product suggestions. Next up you'll find out how to entertain like a pro and host a stellar bash — from choosing a date and planning a menu to making your holidays flow smoothly with handy, must-have to-do lists. Plus, you'll find easy-to-follow recipes for drinks, appetizers, main and side dishes, and desserts and that will make you the talk of Tinsel Town. And what would any holiday be without a bit of overindulgence? If the holidays leave you feeling drained and in need of a recharge, we've got advice for how to quickly recover, both mentally and physically. We've even included a lighthearted Part of Tens. In this section, you discover what you should (and shouldn’t) do during the holidays. 'Tis the season to enjoy the holidays with a little bit of help from For Dummies.
Introduction 1 How This Book Is Organized 1 Icons Used in This Book 2 Where to Go from Here 2 Chapter 1: Getting in the Holiday Mindset 3 Avoiding Holiday Stress 3 Surprise! Cleaning Your House for Unexpected Guests 6 Stocking Up on Christmas Spirits 8 Chapter 2: Surviving Holiday Shopping 11 Dealing with Gift Expectations 11 Making Your Own Gifts 15 Chapter 3: So You Want to Have a Party? 27 Deciding What Kind of Party to Have 27 Choosing a Date 29 Sizing Up Your Space 30 Planning Your Guest List 31 Inviting Your Guests 33 Chapter 4: Cooking Up a Storm 35 Planning Your Menu 35 Greeting Your Guests with Quick and Easy Appetizers 36 Serving a Salad 37 Making a Main Course 37 Preparing Side Dishes 40 Indulging in Dessert 43 Chapter 5: Making Your Party Shine 47 Developing the Right Attitude 47 Preparing an Action Plan: It’s All about the Lists 48 Setting the Mood with Music 51 Being a Good Host 51 Chapter 6: Returning to a Positive State of Mind 55 Lifting Your Post-Holiday Spirits 55 Regaining a Positive Outlook 56 Letting Your Actions Speak Louder Than Words 58 Developing Closer Social Ties 60 Relaxing after the Festivities 61 Chapter 7: Feeling as Good Physically as You Do Mentally 63 Getting Fit — No Time Like the Present! 63 Giving Yoga a Try 66 Striving for a Relaxed Body and Mind: Meditation 68 Chapter 8: Ten or So Holiday Do’s and Don’ts 71 Do Make Yourself a Priority 71 Do Take Time to Ask about House Rules or Make Them Clear 71 Don’t Be a Hero 72 Do Let Social Media Help You 72 Do Stick with What You Know 72 Do Unwrap It Already 73 Don’t Expect to Attend Every Party and Event 73 Do Be Reasonable When Planning 73
Learn to: Hone your Holiday hosting skills and still enjoy the fun Pick the perfect present for any budget Impress your guests with easy recipes, drinks, and desserts Beat Holiday stress and give yourself the gift of relaxation
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