The Placer Christmas shopping season is well underway. Although the holiday season is about celebrating it tends to be a balancing act. With life’s many demands growing, getting your holiday shopping completed can become an unpleasant task. Whatever your view on Holiday shopping, you can enjoy it more if you make a plan. Organize and simplify your shopping by making a list, and sticking to it. Write down everyone you plan to buy a gift for, include ideas of what to give each person.Don’t over think the gifts. The people you care about will love what you choose for them, and that really isn’t what the holidays are about. Don’t burden yourself with finding all the perfects gifts.Whatever you choose is perfect! Enjoy the ambiance of a Christmas-lit store, the holiday music. Check things off your list, and enjoy yourself. Don’t let stress make your holiday shopping less then it could be. It is so easy to let this huge task seem even larger then it is. Treat yourself to your favorite beverage while you are out, maybe even enjoy a nice lunch. You can pair up with a friend or family member who also needs to get their shopping done, and enjoy their company while wrapping up your shopping.
“As much as the season is about peace and love, the most important person to direct that to is your own self,” said Dr. Darshan Mehta, medical director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. “We’re almost always our own worst critics and worst enemies.”
Franchi said she shops for groceries at 7 a.m., and makes only one trip to the mall so her girls can take photographs with Santa Claus.
“The kids take the pictures and I feel so good that everything is done,” she said. “Christmas is not out there. For me, it’s all here with family.”
“Go out with a purpose and have something in mind,” Salmon Jones suggested. “Don’t be just looking.”
“Be strategic,” Salmon Jones advised. “Go during the times it’s not crazy, the early morning or late at night. If you know you’re going to be out, bring small snacks likes nuts and fruits and water.”