1. Keep your expectations balanced…Remember that everything doesn't have to be perfect and don't worry about things that are out of your control.
2. Don't try to do too much. Fatigue, over scheduling, and taking on too many tasks can dampen your spirits. Learn to say no, delegate as much as possible and manage your time wisely. If you choose to do less you will have more energy to enjoy the most important part of the season – friends and family.
7. Watch your diet and remember to exercise…It can be very helpful to take a walk before and/or after a big holiday meal.
8. Be aware of the Post Holiday Syndrome. When all the hustle and bustle suddenly stops and you have to get back to the daily grind it can be a real let down. Ease out of all the fun by planning a rest day toward the end of the season.
I am all for inter-faith marriages. Two people, belonging to two different religious denominations can happily co-exist, respecting each other’s sensibilities. What puts me off mildly is when I hear that one party has to convert: no, not because he or she actually wants to because of personal beliefs, but because the other party would have it no other way…
I have a close Muslim friend in India, who married a Hindu. They had a civil marriage. Their son has not been not given a ‘religion tag’. “The day he turns 18,” my friend tells me, “He will decide what he wants to be – I am not going to decide that for him.”