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How to Provide a Bright Holiday for Children with Special Needs

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Children love the holidays. They're excited about the gifts they'll get, and they enjoy seeing family members and friends that they might not otherwise see very often at all. For children with special needs, celebrating the holidays can be harder. They often have limitations that are different than the children around them.

To help make their holidays brighter, you can be the spark that helps warm their hearts! Giving your time to these kids will bring a memorable holiday to both of you.

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Reduce Your Holiday Stress

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As the holiday season approaches, your stress level will probably rise. In addition to your typical schedule of work, home and kids, you've got more shopping to do, menus to plan, and food to prepare. The good news is, even with all the extra activities and preparations, you can still reduce your holiday stress.

Here are some proven strategies to help you decrease your stress. Some of these may even be so effective that you'll choose to use them all year long, not just during the holidays!

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Light Up Your Love Life This Holiday Season

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The holiday season offers lots of opportunities to spark your romance. Couples can draw closer together and singles can search for new connections. Even if the weather outside is cold and snowy, these tips will warm your heart.

Romantic Tips for Couples

1. Spend time together. Take a break from the holiday bustle to give each other a little special attention. Spend some evenings at home before the fire or hold hands while you take a long walk through the freshly fallen snow.

2. Create special…

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13 Life Lessons From Classic Holiday Movies and TV Specials

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Holiday movies and TV specials can teach us how to live better and enjoy more happiness year round. These are some of the most important life lessons from a few old favorites and some other works that may be less well known.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas":

  1. Sing joyfully. Before he had his change of heart, singing was what the Grinch liked least of all. Surround yourself with the music of the season and sing along.
  2. Resist commercial pressures. The Grinch learned that Christmas doesn't come…

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Surviving Your Relatives During the Holiday Season

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You’ve seen all the cute holiday movies where everyone gets together and treats everyone with love and respect. Your family get-togethers might not have that same Norman Rockwell feel. Your mom still pesters you about being single. Your uncle still asks you to pull his finger. And your cousin, the surgeon, still makes fun of your sensible shoes.

The holidays aren’t all good times and cheer.

Try these strategies:

1. Realize that the holidays have unreasonable expectations. We’ve been bombarded…

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Tips for Getting Through the Holidays – Part 1

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Do you ever find yourself getting stuck in negative thought patterns and expecting the worst possible outcome in every situation? It’s a common mind-set that proves difficult until you finally decide you’ve had enough. Unfortunately, negative thoughts tend to breed and multiply on their own – even when you’re not consciously trying to think negatively.

The good news is that turning a negative outlook into a positive one just takes a bit of patience and persistence until the positive thoughts be…

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Surviving the Holiday Crunch

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The holidays are supposed to be a wonderful time for you and your family, though sometimes the stresses leading up the holidays make it seem like quite the opposite. Remember that even in poor economic times there are ways to enjoy yourself and survive the holiday crunch.

Spending Money

Chances are you'll be spending at least some money during the holiday season. With careful planning, you can make a small budget go quite a long way.

Consider the following holiday money saving tips:

1. Save …

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Add Joy to Your Life by Inventing Your Own Holidays

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We have many "official" holidays throughout the year to honor important people and events. The holidays provide a great opportunity to celebrate while spending quality time with loved ones.

But why not go a step further? Create your own holidays to transform ordinary days into special ones that could boost your health, well-being, relationships, and career.

Create Your Own Holidays to Boost Your Health and Well-being

  1. Go to bed early. Adequate sleep protects your health and productivity. Des…

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Protect Your Identity While Holiday Shopping Online

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The holiday season is one of the busiest online shopping times of the year. It’s also one of the most dangerous to your financial safety because online criminals are in full force during the holidays. Even so, you can stay safe and enjoy your online holiday shopping by taking some easy of these easy precautions:

1. Watch your Smartphone carefully. It’s easy for someone to steal your identity online by using your logged-in credentials on a Smartphone. You may want to set up and download apps tha…

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The values within you at the very core of who you are

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What I value makes me who I am. Spirituality, family, health, giving… They give me purpose. They fuel my inner guidance and outer confidence.

The values within you at the very core of who you are. They are the building blocks; the foundations and cornerstones for you. Things like respect, progress, family, fun, nature, achievement, or freedom.

When you find yourself feeling angry, frustrated, demotivated, or deflated around situations or people it may because one or more of your values is bein…

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