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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Stress Reducing Tips

Stress Reducing Tips

Keep your expectations realistic. Your tree, house, party, gifts, and cookies don’t have to be picture-perfect. Don’t overextend yourself.

Set limits. You can say “no” to requests. The holidays are a busy time for all, and while you may want to see and do everything, it’s not physically possible.

Use your imagination when choosing gifts. They don’t have to be expensive. If funds are really tight, don’t overspend. Offer babysitting or taxi services. Homemade gifts are often more appreciated than store-bought ones.

Plan ahead. Start holiday shopping early. Check out sales. The earlier you start to prepare for the holidays, the less stress you’ll put on yourself.

Try to exercise during this hectic time. Studies prove that exercising is a great stress reliever. Besides, it will help keep you in shape as you indulge in the holiday goodies.

Remember the true meaning of the holiday you’re celebrating, and spend time giving thanks for all the good things and people in your life.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.