This time of year it is really easy to get caught up in the craziness of the holidays.  Whether you are trying to schedule a trip, organize a get together, find the perfect gift, or finish orders in time the stress can overcome your day.  I can say a few things that saved me this year I will try to repeat for years to come.
-Get the amazon app on your cell and shop when waiting in the car or in line etc, multi task!
-Set deadlines for yourself and stick to them
-Plan ahead, especially if you sell gift, make sure you make all customers aware of the holiday cut off for shipping.
-Make evenings about family, put down your work, don't mull around malls (shopping local is best anyway), make a mess with holiday cookies or watch a Christmas movie
This time of year is my FAVORITE but it is easy to get discouraged  or let down when it's all over and all you have to show for it is a pile of wrapping paper.  Nothing is more valuable than making memories.  The way the holidays fall this year the kids get a nice long vacation.  Maybe start a new tradition, if the weather cooperates look for nearby events for day trips. Perhaps the 12 days of Christmas is an idea for some of us to begin.
Whatever you do remember that nothing is more important than spending time with those we love.  Not every one can be together on the holidays, and for the families of those angels and heroes I pray.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.  Make 2014 a healthy one, eat local :)