Maybe jogging isn't your thing, but do something that counts as exercise. Take a walk around the block. Rake leaves. Wash the windows. Go ice skating or roller skating. Play chase with your children. It all counts, even the little stuff. You will feel better physically and emotionally when you step back on the holiday merry-go-round.



Write individual spending limits on a chart for the upcoming holiday activities. Travel. Eating out. Parties (given and attended). Christmas presents.

If one family member chooses to go over in one area, they can reduce their allowance in another or earn extra money doing chores around the house or for a neighbor.


Your holiday will run better if you create a plan to bridge Thanksgiving and slide into the Christmas season. Who's coming by? Where will they stay? Do they need special accomodations, perhaps a ride from the airport or a trip to the pharmacy? Do you have a list of things to do or places to see while they are here? 

Your holiday will run smoother when you step out with a plan in your hand.


Events can pile up like an early season snow during November. Stick to your normal routine as much as possible. Breakfast at 8:00? Check, every day. Kid's outing on Friday? Check, on the calendar. Hair appointment on tap? Check. Nothing gets in the way.

Your normal, everyday activities are the familiar track (even when buried beneath the blizzard of the holiday rush) that will guide you through the busy season.


The Almanac says that ice in November brings mud in December.

Here's another folklore piece of advice, one that's more pratical:

There's no better month to cut wood than November. 

That's just good planning!