For seasonal practices, photograph the "old" way as a record of what to do or not to do in the future. For example, in gardening you will have a future reference of what you like and don't like about your landscaping. Likewise, holiday decorations...furniture arrangements...outfits with accessories...
Do everything you need to do ahead of time for Thanksgiving on Tuesday because Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) is a great time for holiday shopping. The stores are almost empty, the kids don't have to do homework for the next day, and many places already have their Black Friday prices marked. (And some stores will give you the difference if the price goes down within a certain amount of time.) I used to take my nieces shopping on that day. I'd pick them up after school. (continued)
I went thrift store shopping and was amazed by the enormous amount of holiday items out on sale. You should check out the bargains before they get away. This is a great way to find handmade crafts, books (cookbooks), toys, and clothes to keep or give away.
The notes you enter on SparkPeople or in a written journal will help you detect habits or patterns that can be improved. This will allow you to change patterns that thwart your progress, strengthen those that move you closer to goal, and develop options for any that trip you up. The calendar is useful because you can anticpate upcoming events and put alternatives into place.
When my mother was in her 90s, she didn't like big gatherings with lots of kids. So there was just my mother, my husband and me for holidays. We used to cook a big dinner anyway, then one year we decided to go to Denny's for dinner. It would not be my first choice for a holiday dinner, but it was the only place open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, it worked out well because: it was 1)convenient 2)inexpensive.. (click title for more info)
Today I read this from PianoAngelwings.....Picnic Smart. It is a mantra I will carry with me through the holiday weekend. It is a motivation from a Spark Friend. How fortunate we are to be able to get words of wisdom and carry them with us along with the warm feelings of friendship.
It is positive thinking to reserve a rest day for your body, mind, and spirit to recoup and heal. Sometimes if you push too hard, there is muscle damage, and you need to allow healing. 1 day a week, I stretch, and may or may not do light cardio, but I give myself a much needed break. It works!
Every once in a while, a holiday can't hurt!