Don't forget the pet!
Share the season with your pets, too. They may not be able to read a calendar, but they can sure get into the holiday spirit. And somehow that toy from the dollar bin at the grocery store is a lot more exciting when it's wrapped up in shiny paper.
Flood your home with fragrance
Just baking cookies or cooking up a special supper can give your home a cozy holiday atmosphere. But when you're not making anything to eat, try making your own potpurri on the stove. Just combine orange peel, cinnamon, and whole cloves in a small pan of water, then let it simmer on a low heat, refilling with more water when necessary. Of course, there are always scented candles, too.
Make a big pot of soup or stew, then stick it in the fridge or freeze it. It's a great way to have a home made meal on hand, even if you're busy running around all day.
Organize a walk or run
It can be tough to get exercise during the holidays, and just as tough to get a little fresh air. Make it a tradition to take a nice walk with family at the holidays. Or why not get the neighbors together to make room for that big meal? You can even string up a finish line and make it a race.
Start a holiday collection
It can be fun to commemorate each year by adding something new to a collection. Whether it's certain kinds of ornaments, antique toys, snow globes, or just stamps, you can start a little tradition that the whole family can participate in.
It's a trade-off
Having two (or more) sides to a family can create problems at the holidays. Working out a schedule ahead of time can save you a headache. If you live close, you can do an evening with one side, and a day with the other. If you live far away, you'll probably have to trade holidays or years.
Make a conference call
With cell phones and other technology, long distance rates are pretty reasonable-or even non-existent. Gather everyone around, set it to speakerphone, and call friends and family across the country or around the world. Or, get extra fancy and do it with a webcam!
Not only does volunteering feel good, it's a great way to bond with family members, friends, or members of the local community. Get out there, get involved, and make the world a better place!
Take a break
Even if it's only for 10 minutes. Sit back and relax with a steaming cup of HERSHEY'S cocoa or a glass of red wine and a piece of HERSHEY'S dark chocolate. All contain natural flavanol antioxidants that studies have shown provide cardiovascular health benefits.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly!
For a finishing touch to your holiday decorating, don't forget to fill your candy bowls with holiday wrapped treats. HERSHEY'S KISSES brand chocolates, HERSHEY'S MINIATURES and REESE'S peanut butter bells are just a few of the seasonally wrapped treats available from The Hershey Company.
Have the kids help with an inexpensive but creative gifting solution
Homemade Christmas Cookies - Go to www.hersheyskitchens.com for a multitude of tried and tested recipes developed by the experts in ''sweet treats.'' Peanut Butter Blossoms, an all-time favorite, uses HERSHEY'S KISSES brand chocolates and is loved by ''kids'' of all ages.